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WCC response to government "Planning for the Future" consultation

Meeting: 08/10/2020 - Cabinet (Item 13)

13 WCC response to Government "Planning for the Future" Consultation pdf icon PDF 147 KB


On August 6th, the government released its consultation “Planning for the Future”, which has an end date of October 29th. This report asks Cabinet to approve the Warwickshire County Council response to this consultation.

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Councillor Clarke introduced the report stating that that this marks a major shake up in planning. In his introduction he proposed a further recommendation that would see the response being shared with District and Borough Councils and published on the Council’s website.


Councillor Seccombe noted that the proposals have significant implications for the Council. As well as providing highway infrastructure the Council will be required to provide schools.


Councillor Kondakor observed that housing allocations have been reduced for Nuneaton and Bedworth. He stated that he would be concerned if these were increased. With property prices lower in Nuneaton and Bedworth than elsewhere increased building could impact on viability for the builders.


Councillor Seccombe noted that difference in house prices and availability can lead to greater commuting.


Councillor Butlin welcomed the report. He considered that reform in planning policy is long overdue and there is now a need to regard development with more flexibility.


A vote was held.




1.     That Cabinet agree the proposed response wording in the Appendix.


2.     That the Strategic Director for Communities in consultation with the Leader be authorised to finalise the report to government.


3. That the Chief Executive be asked to share the Council’s response with District and Borough Councils and also publish it on the County Council’s website.