In August, the Government published a consultation document (known as a 'White Paper') outlining proposed reforms to the planning system.

The White Paper was looking for views on each part of a series of proposals for reforming the planning system in England. It sets out that the aims of the new proposals are to streamline and modernise the planning process, improve outcomes on design and sustainability, reform developer contributions and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

You can read the Government White Paper here.

The document below sets out the joint response from the authorities responsible for the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan - Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council.

Our response reflects the impact of the proposed changes, some of which are different in the rural and urban elements of the JLP area.

While we agree that some modernisation of the planning system is justified, we strongly disagree with some of the comments and analysis in the White Paper about the faults attributed to the operation of the planning system itself. In reality it is the behaviours and actions of some vested interests that leads to some of the poor outcomes mentioned.

Icon for pdf You can read our full response here [460.29KB].