1.The Housing and Planning Act 2016 is a wide-ranging piece of legislation. The provisions relevant to planning include:
2.In his March 2016 Budget, the Chancellor announced further general reform to the planning system. These included a move to ‘zonal’ planning, further changes to local plans, the streamlining of planning conditions and support for increasing the density of development in London. The Minister for Housing told us that the detail of these proposals would follow in “the next few months”.
3.Changes announced to section 106 include:
343 HM Treasury, Budget 2016, HC 901, March 2016: [accessed April 2016]
344 (Brandon Lewis MP)
345 Housing and Planning Act 2016,
346 R (on the application of West Berkshire County Council and another) v Department for Communities and Local Government (2015) EWHC 2222 (admin); (2015) LGR 884. The High Court upheld West Berkshire’s challenge to the new guidance. The Government successfully appealed.
347 HM Government, Section 106 Planning obligations, speeding up negotiations: Government Response to consultation, March 2015: [accessed April 2016]
348 HM Treasury, Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation, Cm 9098, July 2015: [accessed April 2016]