Last edited 04 Feb 2021

First week of term

In the first of a series of blogs looking at the politics behind the built environment, Rebekah Paczek from snapdragon consulting takes a wry look at Eric Pickles' activities in the run up to the Autumn Statement.

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We are told there will be a review of the NPPF in the Autumn Statement, but in the meantime Eric Pickles has decided to push a few things out:

Not to be outdone by all this action, the Lib Dems are looking at how to improve town centres, whether to expand Use Class Orders, how to encourage communities to engage with Neighbourhood Planning, how to deal with waste and minerals planning in two tier authorities, how planning can play a role in delivering economic growth and whether or not PINS should be abolished. It's not clear if this is in favour of everything then being done centrally or everything then being done locally – probably the latter. It's being led by Annette Brooke, the MP for Mid-Dorset and Poole who has a whole section on her own website about protecting the green belt. So a full, open and not at all pre-conceived consultation process then… The contents of the consultation can be found here. The deadline is 30th September.

All in all, the term has started off with quite a busy approach and the government are likely to want to maintain the momentum, particularly in terms of policies and initiatives which are seen to boost the economy. Expect more proclamations of ‘we were right all along’ when housing figures improve and mortgage lending increases in the run up to the Autumn Statement.


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