Revised planning practice in force

The Department for Communities and local government has issued revised planning practice guidance in response to the review by Lord Taylor in 2012. Among other things the guidance:

  • makes clear that councils need to consider strict tests for flood risks of new development;
  • re-affirms green belt protection, noting that unmet housing need is unlikely to outweigh harm to the green belt and other harms to constitute very special circumstances; and
  • states that local plans can pass the test of soundness when local authorities have been unable to identify land for growth for years 11 to 15 of the plan period

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