The White Paper, published on 6 August 2020, proposes to radically reform the current English planning system to make it a ‘significantly simpler, faster and more predictable system’.

The paper argues that the current system has become too complex, which disincentives wider public participation in planning. It states that there is little incentive for high quality design.

The ambition for the proposals is for 300,000 homes to be built annually.

With huge changes proposed, now is the time to engage in a Civic Voice Conversation. Civic Voice is preparing a response to the White Paper, in consultation with communities across England. This survey is the first part of our process to meaningfully engage communities across England. 

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* 1. The Planning White Paper was published on August 6th. Since then, have you spent anytime reading or learning more about the contents of the White Paper?

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* 2. Based on what you know so far, what are your initial fears and concerns about the Government's White Paper?

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* 3. Based on what you know so far, what are the positive changes that you have identified in the Government's White Paper?

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* 4. Based on what you know so far, what is your opinion on the proposals for local authorities to identify three types of land as growth, protection or renewal areas?

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* 5. Based on what you know so far, do you support the need for the Government to establish a national baseline figure of 300,000 new homes per year?

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* 6. Do you support the need for more digital tools to make the planning
system more accessible and transparent?

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* 7. Do you support the need for Conservation Areas to be given the same
special protection as the Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

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* 8. To make design expectations more visual and predictable, there will be an expectation for local design guides and codes to be produced.

Based on what you know so far, do you support the need for design guides and codes to have a more central role in the system?

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