The planning system helps government and local authorities determine where and what type of new homes should be built. It also helps identify which geographical areas need to be protected or enhanced and assesses whether proposed developments are suitable and will benefit the economy and communities. The Department sets national policy for the planning system which is detailed in the National Planning Policy Framework. Its objective for housing is to “support the delivery of a million homes by the end of 2020 and half a million more by the end of 2022 and put us on track to deliver 300,000 net additional homes a year on average.” Implementing that policy is largely devolved to local authorities that perform two functions: producing a local plan that sets out the location and types of houses to be built in their areas; and considering applications for housing developments. The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency of the Department. It examines local authorities’ local plans to check they are sound and meet legal requirements; and hears appeals against rejected planning applications.
Published: 26 June 2019