The Committee considered a report on the
Government White Paper Planning for the Future. The Deputy Director
– Economic Development and Planning presented the report and
explained that the Government had released two documents for
• Changes to the Current Planning System
– closing date 1st October 2020
• White Paper – Planning for the
Future – closing date 29th October 2020.
The report summarised the main aspects of both
The Planning for the Future consultation
proposed to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a
new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of
developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is
available for development where it is needed.
The three South Worcestershire Councils had
submitted a joint response to the former by the deadline and a copy
was appended to the report.
A proposed response to the latter had been
prepared and recommended for approval by the South Worcestershire
Development Plan Joint Advisory Panel (JAP). The Deputy Director explained that a few minor
changes had subsequently been requested by JAP members.
Furthermore, a number of additional comments had been prepared
arising from the recent Worcester City All-Members briefing session
on the consultation. These were summarised in the supplementary
appendix to this report and it was recommended that they should
also be submitted as part of the response on behalf of the City
In the ensuing discussion, all Members who
spoke expressed support for the comments made in the consultation
responses. The main issues highlighted were the potential loss of
localism, a reduction in community involvement in the planning
process, the importance of maintaining high standards of design
work in an historic city and a concern over local
authorities’ ability to resource the proposed changes.
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:
note the South Worcestershire Councils’ response to the
Government’s proposed changes to the current planning system
(Appendix 1) which was submitted to the Government by the deadline
of 1st October 2020;
approve on behalf of Worcester City Council, the South
Worcestershire Councils’ response to the Government’s
consultation on the White Paper – Planning for the Future
(Appendix 2); and
authorise the Corporate Director – Place , in consultation
with the Chair and Vice Chairs of the Committee, to make any minor
changes necessary to the South Worcestershire Councils’ joint
response or to make any further comments specifically on behalf of
Worcester City Council, and to submit consultation responses to the
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government by
29th October 2020.