New research has found that one-quarter of local authorities in the UK have not submitted local development plans, although they have had six years to do so.
Lichfields, the national planning and development consultancy, has indicated that over half of the plans adopted under the NPPF, or 2012 National Planning Policy Framework, will have to be revisited within two years.
The consultancy’s new research arrives as the government’s transitional plan-making arrangements switch over on January 24th, so that the NPPF’s July 28 version will apply to local development plans submitted in the future.
The new rules are geared to speed up the system for plan-making so that the government target of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s can be met.
Lichfields says that under NPPF 2012, plan progress has been slow and patchy. When it analysed 221 local development plans, it found that only 55% of local planning authorities have adopted a sound new plan. Of these plans, 46% needed a housing requirement increase during their examination.
Lichfield’s found that examinations have been made more quickly since 2012. Plans submitted in 2016-17 took an average of 15 months, which is down from the 2014-15 average of 22 months.
Cambridgeshire Local Plans that were submitted in 2014 had their examinations concluded in 2018, a period of four and a half years.
The research examines the probable impact of the NPPF 2018 changes and assesses the extent to which the introduction of the Standard Method for local housing need, common ground statements, and plan-making stage viability will support the housebuilding process by speeding it up.