National planning policy consultation

Thursday 17 December 2015

DCLG are proposing changes to the national planning policy in England. This could have an impact on your business and your clients business, so it's important you make your views known.

The consultation poses 23 questions across a considerably wide scope to support the delivery of new homes, taking a look at:

  • broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities for those aspiring to own their new home
  • increasing residential density around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations

  • supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing allocated in plans

  • supporting delivery of starter homes

 Examples of questions posed are given below:

  • Do you have any comments or suggestions about the proposal to amend the definition of affordable housing in national planning policy to include a wider range of low cost homes?

  • Do you agree with the Government’s definition of commuter hub? If not, what changes do you consider are required?

  • Do you have any further suggestions for proposals to support higher density development around commuter hubs through the planning system?
  • Do you consider that it would be beneficial to strengthen policy on development of brownfield land for housing? If not, why not and are there any unintended impacts that we should take into account?

  • What evidence would you suggest could be used to justify retention of land for commercial or similar use? Should there be a fixed time limit on land retention for commercial use?

  • Should starter homes form a significant element of any housing component within mixed use developments and converted unlet commercial units?

  • Should local communities have the opportunity to allocate sites for small scale Starter Home developments in their Green Belt through neighbourhood plans?


There are a number of ways you can take part including submitting a simple online survey. The deadline for responses to be submitted directly to the Planning Policy Consultation Team has now been extended to Monday 22 February.

Of course, we'll also be submitting an official response before the deadline, so if you'd like us to add your views to our submission, just email, our Policy and Campaigns Officer by 5 February 2016.




Write to:
Planning Policy Consultation Team
Department for Communities and Local Government
3rd floor Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

If you are responding in writing, please make it clear which questions you are responding to. 

When you reply it would be very useful if you confirm whether you are replying as an individual or submitting an official response on behalf of an organisation and include: - your name, your position (if applicable), the name of organisation (if applicable), an address (including post-code), an email address, and a contact telephone number.

GCLG is also seeking views on the draft Equalities Statement for these proposals, which has been published alongside this consultation, and on the supporting evidence set out in this document. This will enable them to take account of all the relevant evidence in their consideration.