The recently published Housing & Planning Bill introduces new ‘Development Orders’ which would grant ‘planning in principle’ on land identified in new compulsory brownfield register. However, despite having and in principle permission, developers will still need to make an application for ‘Technical Details Consent’ to the LPA. Further detail on how this new planning measure will operate (and its scope) are to be published in due course.
Key to this new measure is the ‘Register of Land’ which is also introduced within this Bill. This gives the Secretary of State power to make a regulation requiring a LPA to prepare, maintain and publish a register of land within (or partly within) the authority’s area for an, as yet unspecified criteria. However, in exercising their functions under this regulation, a local planning authority must still have regard to the development plan and all other national planning policies, advice and guidance.
What is interesting is that the new ‘Development Orders’ can be drawn up even though the development plan has not been adopted, although they will only come into force once the development plan is adopted.