Response to Government consultations

The Council will respond to Government consultations or other planning consultations such as those being carried out by the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London as required.

Below you can find documents that have been prepared and submitted by Wandsworth Council in response to consultations since October 2020.

Government consultation on ‘Planning for the Future’ (Planning White Paper)

Government undertook a 12-week consultation from 6 August until 29 October 2020 on ‘Planning for the Future’. The Planning White Paper proposes radical reforms to the planning system.

We welcome the notion of reforming the existing planning system to improve quality and efficiency, but we do not believe that an entirely new system is needed. We have focussed our response on the positive actions or recommendations, making clear where we do not consider the proposed reforms will achieve the desired outcomes. In addition, we have offered to share our learning and experience with Government officials, particularly in terms of bringing forward growth at scale through using design codes and masterplans underpinned by infrastructure funding secured through section 106 and CIL.

The Government’s proposals for significant reform of the planning system were considered by the Council’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 22 September 2020. The Council’s final response to the Planning White Paper was agreed through a delegated decision.

See below our submissions:

Government consultation on ‘Changes to the current planning system’

Government undertook a consultation from 6 August until 1 October 2020 on ‘Changes to the current planning system’.  This consultation sets out proposals for measures to improve the effectiveness of the current planning system, including changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need; securing of First Homes through developer contributions; supporting small and medium-sized builders by temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing; and extending the current Permission in Principle to major development.

The Government’s proposed changes to the current planning system were considered by the Council’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 22 September 2020 alongside the proposals set out in the Planning White Paper. The Council’s final response to the ‘Changes to the current planning system’ was agreed through a delegated decision.

See below our submissions: