A Planning magazine reporter says the proposals in the Housing White Paper will open planning authorities up to unplanned development if they fail to meet government targets for housing growth.
From November 2018, the white paper says, if delivery of housing falls below 25 per cent of the housing requirement, "the presumption in favour of sustainable development in the National Planning Policy Framework would apply automatically". From November 2019 the presumption would apply if delivery falls below 45 per cent, the white paper says. From November 2020, the presumption would apply if delivery falls below 65 per cent.
Catriona Riddell, the POS Strategic Planning subject specialist, expressed disappointment at the test. "Local authorities don't build houses," she said, "but if houses aren't delivered, local authorities are going to pay the price."