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Housing white paper consultation - Law Society response

8 May 2017

The Law Society's Planning and Environmental Law Committee recently responded to a Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the recent housing white paper 'Fixing our broken housing market'.

The consultation posed a large number of questions across a wide span of housing-related topics. The Committee agreed with many of the ideas proposed, although with concern over the details in some cases.

Conversely, in several areas - including proposals for small sites, green belts, housing requirements and assessing applicants' track record of delivery - Committee was less convinced by the white paper's ideas.

More broadly, the Committee expressed concern that the concise and comprehensible nature of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) might be undermined by excessive additional detail, some of which might be better captured in planning guidance.

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