Planning for the Future white paper briefing

14 August 2020

We’re seeking member views on the planning reforms proposed in the government’s new white paper and accompanying short-term consultation.

The government published a new planning white paper, Planning for the Future, on 6 August, as well as a consultation on changes to the existing planning system.

The white paper sets out proposals for major reforms to the planning system, including a proposal to replace existing developer contributions to affordable housing with a new levy on housing development.

The accompanying consultation proposes changes to the current planning system which would also have important and more immediate effects. These include an increase to the threshold above which developers must make affordable housing contributions, and a proposal that First Homes make up 25% of affordable housing delivered under Section 106.

We welcome initiatives to make planning a simpler and more efficient process. We are concerned, however, that the combined proposals would reduce the contribution housing associations are able to make to affordable housing supply.

This member briefing summarises the key proposals in both consultations, sets out the NHF’s initial view, explains how we will be responding to the proposals, and seeks members’ views.

Member consultation

We’re seeking feedback from members from across the sector on these briefings. Members can respond directly by getting in touch with Duncan Neish, Policy Officer, and we're also holding a series of consultation events:

  • All-member webinar on 25 August - view the recording.
  • National Smaller Housing Associations Group on 24 September – contact Monica Burns to find out more

  • Chief Executive Forums and Development Regional Interest Groups – contact Jess Mullins to find out more

We’re also holding meetings and roundtables with the government, where we can share the emerging views of the sector as they develop.