Planning Policy – What’s new?


Established in 1898, G Herbert Banks are proud to have become one of Worcestershire’s leading experts when it comes to planning policies. Based in Worcestershire and serving all of the surrounding counties too, our highly experienced and qualified team have many years’ experience alongside an in-depth local knowledge. These advantages ensure that we can provide support to our clients across a variety of local authorities. 2018 has, so far, been a busy year for the world of planning and development with adjustments, reviews and improvements containing to take place nationally and locally to planning policies– see below for the latest updates.


The National Planning Policy Framework

Spring this year began with the released consultation of proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. These changes will be the first modifications to the NPPF since it was issued in March 2012 following the announcement of changes taking place in December 2015.  The New NPPF was realised in July 2018 and we are now working through the new document to see how the changes will affect client’s proposals. The new amendments to the NPPF will be implemented in the hope that they make the housing delivery system much fairer as well as helping to achieve the Government’s 300,000 homes per year target.  At the time of writing we are awaiting confirmation as to the methodology for the calculation of housing supply which could then lead to more changes on a local a level.


Local Planning Policies and Development Updates

The South Worcestershire Development Plan which sets out planning policies for development across the county was adopted in February 2016.  It is now undergoing review with a call for site having been undertaken and which closed at the start of July.


In Wyre Forest, the local plan review is well progressed with the preferred sites having undergone public consultation following an initial call for site around four years ago.  The draft Local Plan is due to be released in October before undergoing further consultation prior to being passed to an inspector who will examine if the plan is sound and conforms with the NPPF.  Wyre Forest currently do not have a five-year housing supply, which is providing opportunities for some, and they are awaiting confirmation as to the methodology for the calculation of housing numbers before the next stage.


Planning at G Herbert Banks

If anyone would like a specific update as to other local authorities plan position, we would be delighted to assist. For more information or support on anything related to planning or to find out how we can help you with your planning permission, visit our website today.  


Alternatively, you can call 01299 896968 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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