Councillor’s attitudes to the planning system: an lgiu/national trust survey

Document type
Survey
Author(s)
Walker, Andrew
Publisher
LGIU
Date of publication
11 January 2017
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness, Community Development and Regeneration, Social Policy
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England, carried out by the Local Government Information Unit, and commissioned by the National Trust, reveals councillors’ view that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities.

Key points:

  • Over half of councillors say that sites that are not in line with the Council’s plan are being approved for housing in their area.
  • There are also concerns about Green Belt release and the loosening of the planning system through the introduction of permitted development rights for home extensions, office to residential use conversion, barn conversions and other changes of use.
  • Councillors also have concerns about the under-resourcing of planning teams.
  • In debates on the future of the planning system the views of councillors are often overlooked – and yet, as local decision-makers, and an important link with local communities, they have an essential role to play in ensuring development is sensitive to the needs of an area.

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