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Planning reforms

In September last year, we reported on the reaction by Chichester District Council to the widely unpopular planning reforms proposed by the Government that would have included the use of an algorithm to dictate what numbers of houses should be built in each area rather than ensuring that new building is first focused on previously used or neglected land rather than on green spaces. Strong opposition from district and local councils to the more unpopular elements of the plans has resulted in a re-think with a computer-based formula having been updated to focus more on cities and urban areas in the North and Midlands with money for brownfield sites being distributed more fairly outside the South-East. The Government wants to build 300,000 new homes in England each year by the mid-2020s but many complaints were made about the countryside being “concreted over.” CDC’s comments following the Government re-think can be seen here.