Terms of Reference

To provide a report to be launched in Autumn 2019, including:

  1. A set of proposals for a new system of local plan making underpinned by values and a purpose that sees planning as representing the public interest, and to examine how local authorities can lead and be champions of planning in their area in partnership with others.
  2. Establishing how planning policies and strategies developed at the national, regional, local and neighbourhood level can link together to provide better outcomes for our communities.
  3. Examining how local communities can better provide the building blocks of our planning system, and take ownership of planning policies that will affect them; establishing the framework to facilitate this.
  4. Identifying changes that need to be made to our system of planning gain, to streamline it and made it more efficient and transparent for developers and communities.
  5. Considering measures that will improve land supply, including changes that might need to be made to compulsory purchase orders.
  6. Considering changes that might need to be made to building regulations:
    1. to make buildings safer;
    2. to make buildings more energy efficient;
    3. to make buildings carbon neutral where possible.
  7. Exploring how the planning system could better support infrastructure development and how government at different levels can facilitate this.
  8. Considering how best to develop a new generation of garden cities, villages, urban extensions and new towns.
  9. How to improve the quality, design and sustainability of new buildings to help address climate change.
  10. How to drive forward innovative and modern methods of construction and improve access to digital networks and better computer assisted design.
  11. Make proposals for the training and support of planners to enable them to be a catalyst for visionary local planning to develop skills and ensure a pipeline of future planners exist.
  12. Considering how to better support the housing and construction sector with particular regard to the role that small builders, land trusts and cooperatives can play in the delivery of new housing and infrastructure to ensure greater diversity in the construction sector.
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