Consultation outcome

Changes to the current planning system

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Detail of outcome

This document provides a summary of the consultation responses to the local housing need proposals in Changes to the current planning system. It also sets out the proposed changes the government is making to national planning practice guidance in the light of its proposals and the consultation responses.

The attached indicative local housing need (December 2020 revised methodology) data table sets out the housing need for each local planning authority using our new method.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on changes to planning policy and regulations.

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Consultation description

This consultation sets out proposals for measures to improve the effectiveness of the current planning system. The 4 main proposals are:

  • changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need

  • securing of First Homes through developer contributions in the short term until the transition to a new system

  • supporting small and medium-sized builders by temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing

  • extending the current Permission in Principle to major development


Published 6 August 2020
Last updated 16 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added: government response on local housing need and Local housing need (December 2020 revised methodology)

  2. First published.