Government announcement leads to pause in Telford & Wrekin Local Plan review

In 2020, Telford & Wrekin Council launched the first stage of a review of its Local Plan. The government announced in the Queen’s Speech its intention to radically overhaul the planning system with legislation likely to come before parliament in the autumn.

Government announcement leads to pause in Telford & Wrekin Local Plan review

In light of this, the council has decided to pause the next formal stage of the review process pending clarity from the government and to allow the council to take stock of the new legislation as part of the review process.

Councillor David Wright (Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport & Infrastructure) made the following statement on behalf of the council:

“On 11th May, the government set out its intention to bring forward new legislation that will potentially significantly change the planning system. We have to now wait to see how their legislative changes will change the planning system. The stated aim of the government is to completely overhaul the current planning system and in particular the system under which local development plans are prepared. Their proposed changes may include:

  • The introduction of a housing requirement figure for local planning authorities;  
  • A new land zoning concept for development and other uses; and 
  • Nationally led development management policies which will impact on how councils will determine planning applications, which could fundamentally change the role of local planning authorities and the role of planning committees.

It is important that the council considers the detail of any changes and the impact this may have on the Local Plan review process. There is no clarity on transitional arrangements for local authorities that have begun a review of their Local Plans.”

The Telford & Wrekin Local Plan runs until 2031 and is the development plan for the borough.

More information is available at Review of the Telford & Wrekin Local Plan