We have responded to Government’s NPPF consultation on changes to the English planning system.
We have long campaigned for more supportive planning policy for CLTs. We were delighted to see that our advocacy work late last year succeeded in getting questions on community-led development into the consultation, along with a draft definition of community-led development we had proposed.
This is a big opportunity for the CLT movement. Just having a definition of community-led development in the NPPF will embolden councils to adopt supportive local policies. Our proposals would further tip the balance in favour of CLTs – whether you’re building much-needed affordable homes in a national park, wanting to be involved as part of a larger development, or looking to convert underused buildings on your high street. Our proposals would help get land into your hands, and at a price that is compatible with providing real community benefit.
We will follow up with Government on these proposals and keep our members updated on developments.
We’re grateful to all the helpful input we have had from our members and wider network, particularly Nicholas Boys Smith (trustee), Jo Lavis, Steve Watson (Middlemarch CLH), Mark Child (Oxfordshire CLT), Tom Warder (Sussex Community Housing Hub), Owen Jarvis (UKCN), Richard Blyth (RTPI), Lev Kerimol (CLH London), Thomas Beale, Tom Johnston (CLT ambassador) and John Heselwood (Cheshire Community Action).