In August 2020, the government published a new planning White Paper “Planning for the Future” to shake up the English planning system. The government’s proposed reforms to the planning system will likely have impact upon Neighbourhood Plans, although at this stage, it’s not clear from the White Paper how they fit into the new system.
The White Paper proposes that Neighbourhood Plans should be retained under the new planning system.
Under the government’s proposals, Local Plans will be markedly scaled-back and simplified. Local Plans will focus on identifying land under three categories – ‘Growth areas’, ‘Renewal areas’, and ‘Protected areas’, and will have a more focused role in ‘identifying site and area-specific requirements, alongside locally produced design codes’.
The White Paper places great emphasis on design, local preferences and character.