Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law

Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law

The House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the wording and provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which has now received Royal Assent.

The bill became law on 27 April 2017.


The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 contains new powers for the government to direct two or more local authorities to develop joint plans. County councils will also have the power to prepare plans where districts do not have one.

It also includes restrictions on powers to impose planning conditions, including on local authority use of pre-commencement conditions, which now require written consent from the developer to be enforced.

On Friday 28 April, Parliament approved the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No2) Order 2017, which will see permitted development rights that allow demolition of buildings used as class A4 “drinking establishments” will cease from 23 May 2017.

The regulations meet a requirement in section 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that a development order incorporating pub protection measures in the act be brought forward as “soon as reasonably practicable”.

3 May 2017
Laura Edgar, The Planner

It is unfortunately too late to save the KING CANUTE but a Neighbourhood  Plan if taken up could prevent other public houses on Canvey Island becoming blocks of flats.


One response to “Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law

  1. Steve Sawkins

    Neighbourhood Planning could be a useful way of ensuring that surface water flooding issues are adequately dealt with when considering future developments for Canvey Island given the following :-
    MPs demand sustainable drainage drive to curb flooding
    “Government’s policies on sustainable drainage are failing to protect communities from flood risk and miss opportunities to improve amenity and the environment, according to MPs.
    Government plans to deliver one million new homes by 2020 must be achieved without increasing flooding, MPs concluded in their inquiry into the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
    Planning rules must be strengthened to ensure that all new developments of any size are required to install high-quality sustainable drainage systems, they argued. Government guidance must also be tightened to reduce significantly the potential for developers to opt out from installing schemes on the grounds of cost or site practicality.
    In a highly critical report, the Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee called for a significant improvement in the number and quality of sustainable drainage systems, accusing the government of only “purporting” to support such schemes.
    “Instead, it has adopted sub-standard planning policies which have led to far too few schemes, many of which are of low quality, being installed in new developments,” said committee chair Neil Parish.
    MPs also demanded that construction standards for sustainable drainage systems are made statutory to provide a stronger basis for enforcement’’
    26 April 2017
    Huw Morris, The Planner
    These concerns however come far too late for a number of new Canvey Island developments already constructed or in the pipe line.
    Once a new development has been built, should there be a surface water flooding detriment caused to surrounding properties, there seems to be little or no redress.

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