The White Paper proposes that a new local process would determine the planning status of each part of the district. This would be done at the beginning as part of the local Plan. There would be three types of area – growth, renewal and protected.
There are also proposals to change the way in which developers contribute to vital infrastructure such as schools and roads. The way in which contributions would be levied would be determined by central government.
These changes to the local planning process have raised concerns about a loss of local input and community participation in the planning process .
The Parish Council will be responding to the consultation because it thinks that the changes proposed will reduce the opportunities for local communities to influence both the district wide local plan and the consideration of individual planning applications.