BPF comments on government launch of local plan group

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed a launch of a group of experts, including BPF members, who will work with government to help streamline the local plan-making process.

The group will comprise eight planning experts who will consider how local plans can be simplified with the aim of slashing the amount of time it takes for local authorities to get them in place.

Members include:

  • Chair John Rhodes of planning consultants Quod.
  • Adrian Penfold from developers British Land
  • Richard Harwood QC from legal firm 39 Essex Chambers
  • Councillor Toby Elliott from Swindon Borough Council
  • Keith Holland, a retired Senior Planning Inspector
  • Liz Peace, formerly of the British Property Federation
  • John Howell MP, member for Henley
  • Derek Stebbing, Local Authority Plans Manager for Chelmsford City Council

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said:

“Local plans are crucial to ensuring local-led growth is successful and sustainable. It is great to see government recognise this and the formation of this group shows that it takes local plans seriously. It is good to see both private and public sector represented in the group.

“We would like to see the group think more broadly than the provisions laid out in the Productivity Plan, and to make sure that it is possible for local authorities to produce simple, straightforward plans that are conducive to the speedy delivery of new homes and places.”