Council responds to government’s planning reform proposals

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Tameside Council's executive cabinet have responded to the government's consultation about proposals to reform the planning system.

This follows the government's long-term plans for more significant changes to the planning system across England.

The latest consultation on Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure proposes more immediate technical changes to the planning system.  

If implemented these changes to the planning system would allow more buildings to change to residential use without planning permission. Existing schools, colleges, universities and hospitals would also be able to expand further without needing planning permission

Additionally there would be a new streamlined planning process for determining major planning applications for public service infrastructure including hospitals, schools, further education colleges and prisons. 

Tameside Council has objected to many aspects of the latest proposals on the grounds that they will enable more development to be carried out without planning permission.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council executive member for Housing, Planning and Employment, said: "We're very concerned about these new proposals as they will significantly reduce public participation in the planning process. We fear they will result in much less public control in where housing developments are located and that they threaten the vitality and viability of our high streets and town centres.

"We first outlined our concerns to government when the white paper Planning for the Future was published in August and raised further objections in our consultation response, as we disagree with a number of aspects of these proposals."