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Decision details

Consideration of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Reforms to National Planning Policy

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Councillor Carl Rylett, Executive Member for Planning and Sustainable Development, introduced the report, which was to consider and agree a response to the Government’s proposed changes to national planning policy.

Councillor Rylett gave an overview of the proposed changes and explained the Council’s response to the consultation which runs until 2 March 2023. The Government remains committed to levelling up across the country and a Levelling Up White Paper was published in February 2022. The Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill currently working its way through Parliament.

Councillor Alaa Al-Yousuf stated that there were concerns about how much of the Levelling-Up agenda would actually come to fruition at the end of the parliamentary process, and that there was a clear need for a strategy from Officers regarding land supply and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) following a planning case with the Freeland area of the District. Councillor Al-Yousuf further stated that he had written to Councillor Rylett on this matter in January 2023, but a response had not yet been received. Councillor Rylett committed to responding to Councillor Al-Yousuf.

Councillor Rylett proposed that the recommendations in the report be agreed to by the Executive. This was seconded by Councillor Duncan Enright, was voted on and was agreed unanimously by the Executive.

Executive Resolved to:

  1. Note the content of the report including the summary overview of proposed changes attached at Annex A;
  2. Agree that the draft response attached at Annex B be submitted as the District Council’s formal response to the consultation.

Report author: Chris Hargraves

Publication date: 10/02/2023

Date of decision: 08/02/2023

Decided at meeting: 08/02/2023 - Executive

Effective from: 18/02/2023

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