District councils outlined a series of reforms to the Local Plans Expert Group aimed at simplifying the planning system and helping to realise Government ambitions for economic growth.
Proposals submitted in evidence by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) to the Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) contained a raft of measures for improving the local plan system, including:
• a staged-plan examination;
• strategic plans across housing market areas;
• slimmed-down plans and more protection to councils with well advanced plans from ‘5-year supply’ appeals.