It’s your vote

Should submitting planning applications be made easier?

A default “yes” to development should be removed from the Government’s controversial planning reforms, a committee of MPs said today.

Proposed changes to the planning system – which slim down more than 1,000 pages of policy to just 52 – appear to put more emphasis on economic growth than the environment or society, the Communities and Local Government Committee said.

The current draft of the new rules carries the risk of the planning system being used to implement poorly-planned or unsustainable development, a report into the draft national planning policy framework (NPPF) by the MPs said.

The Government says the changes to simplify the planning system, which focus on a “presumption in favour of sustainable development”, are needed to boost growth, give communities more say in their local area and protect the environment.

Today we ask: Should submitting planning applications be made easier?