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POS Manifesto

Our Manifesto calls for a series of targeted changes and refinements to the planning system to ensure that it is optimised to do its job as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Planning for a better future: Our planning manifesto for the government

05 August 2019
Our Manifesto calls for a series of targeted changes and refinements to the planning system to ensure that the system we have is optimised to do its job as effectively and efficiently as possible. Read more

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Spatial Planning: simplifying the process

05 August 2019
The new NPPF (February 2019) has now put in place clear requirements for Local Planning Authorities to produce strategic policies and to co-operate at this strategic level when producing their plans. Many Local Planning Authorities are now preparing joint plans to contain these policies. POS considers that this leaves the rest of the development planning process in need of review to see if it’s still fit for non-strategic policies (DPDs and Neighbourhood Plans) and their supporting guidance (SPDs) so we can get local and neighbourhood plans in place in the shortest possible time. Read more

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Land Value Capture: Exploring the Options

07 July 2019
The planning system is used to securing funding from the development process to mitigate the impact of development and to enable necessary supporting infrastructure to be funded. This system has been subject to several reviews and changes over recent years, but these have fallen short of a comprehensive review of the wider regime of land value capture. This has entered the political arena recently and POS believes that a fresh look at the system is needed. Read more

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From concept to construction: making the system more flexible

01 February 2016
The need to change a design, and potentially a planning permission, is a normal feature of the development process and the planning system should be capable of dealing with it in an effective and efficient manner. Our planning system was never explicitly designed to have this flexibility. POS proposes several changes to the planning system to address this.  Read more

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Compulsory purchase: three essential improvements

01 February 2016
It is common ground in the sector that the CPO regime is complex and in desperate need of reform. POS looks at how the regime could be improved as a tool to enable local planning authorities to be more proactive in unlocking sites with housing potential to support the delivery of sustainable development.  Read more

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Affordable housing: delivering it in a more effective way

01 January 2016
Where there is a viability argument, affordable housing is inevitably the casualty and land price inflation the outcome. POS has devised a public policy response that could effectively address this problem.  Read more

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