Recently, the Queen set out the Government’s legislative agenda for this parliamentary session at the State Opening of Parliament. The Government announced a ‘Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill’ as part of the business for the new session of Parliament. Please find attached the initial details contained in the Cabinet Office’s briefing note on the Queen’s Speech.

The bill aims to reform planning and give local communities more power and control to shape their area so that “we build more houses and give everyone who works hard the chance to buy their own home”.

The purpose of the bill, the government said, is to support its ambition to deliver one million new homes while at the same time “protecting those areas that we value most including the green belt”.

Civic Voice will be working with the Government and parliamentarians over the course of the next year to ensure Civic Voice members’ views are represented as the Bills are agreed by Parliament. We will be working with the APPG for Civic Societies and supportive representatives in the Lords. Where there are areas of shared policy interest, it would be good to keep in touch with you.

The House of Commons Library has produced a helpful briefing on Planning Reform Proposals. We hope you find this interesting.

This update was kindly provided by Ian Harvey at Civic Voice.

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