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  • Plan-making reform consultation

    Local plans, and minerals and waste plans, (referred to here as ‘plans’) are produced by planning authorities (local authorities with responsibility for preparing these plans) to guide and manage development in their areas. They are important documents for local communities because they set the development framework for the area, usually for the next 10 or 15 years. Plans allocate sites for development, set out what land should be protected and contain planning policies, which are the... More
    Closed 18 October 2023
  • Toilet provision in buildings other than dwellings

    This consultation seeks your views on proposed measures to ensure provision of separate toilets for men and women and sets out guidance to encourage the provision of universal toilets, ensuring appropriate levels of privacy in all situations. These proposals relate to Building Regulations in England only. Consultation stage analysis is included in this consultation. Further work will be carried out in advance of a decision following consultation. Changes to the analysis... More
    Closed 8 October 2023
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (England and Wales): Next steps on investments

    This consultation seeks views on proposals relating to the investments of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). It covers the areas of asset pooling, levelling up, opportunities in private equity, investment consultancy services and the definition of investments. More
    Closed 2 October 2023
  • Consultation on Local Government capital risk mitigation measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: capital risk metrics

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (“the Department”) has policy responsibility for the Prudential Framework (“the Framework”) under which local authorities borrow and invest, and stewardship responsibility to ensure that the system is operating effectively. The objective of the Framework is to ensure that borrowing and investment practices are prudent, sustainable and affordable, while providing authorities the freedom to set their own capital strategies.... More
    Closed 25 September 2023
  • Permitted development rights consultation on additional flexibilities to support housing delivery, the agricultural sector, businesses, high streets and open prisons; and a call for evidence on nature-based solutions, farm efficiency projects and diversification.

    This consultation contains proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended. It covers the following areas: Changes to certain permitted development rights that allow for the change of use to dwellinghouses. Changes to certain permitted development rights that allow agricultural diversification and development on agricultural units. Changes to certain permitted... More
    Closed 25 September 2023
  • Consultation on operational reforms to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consenting process

    Following the publication of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Action Plan in February 2023, the government has committed to bringing forward reforms to ensure the existing system can support our future infrastructure needs by making the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects consenting process better, faster, greener, fairer and more resilient by 2025. The key operational changes we are consulting on will make the system work more effectively for applicants,... More
    Closed 19 September 2023
  • Public Bodies Review of Homes England: call for evidence

    The Public Bodies Review team are launching a call for evidence to gather views and experiences of Homes England. The review is designed to assess whether Homes England is delivering for government and the taxpayer. It will focus on how effectively Homes England carries out its responsibilities, how efficiently it is run and whether it has appropriate governance in place. More
    Closed 17 September 2023
  • NSIP Innovation and Capacity Fund Round 2

    We are launching a second round of our Innovation and Capacity Fund to support and enhance the ability of local authorities to engage in the Development Consent Order process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning projects. The aim of this fund is to explore if and how using resources more efficiently or supplying additional resources for key users of the regime can further improve our intended outcomes through provision of expertise or innovative work. This application... More
    Closed 29 August 2023
  • Best value standards and intervention: a statutory guide for best value authorities

    This consultation seeks views on statutory guidance for local authorities, including combined authorities and combined county authorities, in England on the Best Value Duty. It is issued to local authorities in England under section 26 of the Local Government Act 1999 and they are required to have regard to this guidance under the 1999 Act. The guidance provides greater clarity to the local government sector on how to fulfil the Best Value Duty by describing what constitutes best... More
    Closed 15 August 2023
  • Home buying and selling reform - survey to take part in user research - Recently completed

    The Department of Levelling up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is looking at ways it can help to improve home buying and selling. We want to speaking to people with recent experience of home buying and selling. The research will take the form of an hour long interview. Those selected to take part will received a £30 online voucher as a thank you. Please read our privacy statement . If you would like to be considered, please complete this short survey. More
    Closed 26 July 2023
  • Home buying and selling reform - survey to take part in user research - For those in the process of home buying and selling

    The Department of Levelling up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is looking at ways it can help to improve home buying and selling. We want to speaking to people with recent experience of home buying and selling. The research will take the form of an hour long interview. Those selected to take part will received a £30 online voucher as a thank you. Please read our privacy statement . If you would like to be considered, please complete this short survey More
    Closed 26 July 2023
  • High Street Rental Auctions Technical Consultation

    As part of policy development, we committed to consult on further details for secondary legislation, that will set out how the auction process will work and what the leasing framework will be (including the terms of a standardised lease). The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on policy options for the auction process, the standardised leasing framework (composition and how clauses may operate), the spreading of costs of the High Street Rental Auction process, the... More
    Closed 7 July 2023
  • ‘McCloud’ remedy in the LGPS – supplementary issues and scheme regulations

    This consultation seeks views on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales (LGPS). Following a consultation we undertook in 2020 on proposals to address discrimination found by the courts in the ‘McCloud’ case, we published a government response in April 2023 setting out how we would proceed. We are now seeking views on issues relating to the McCloud remedy, where a) we stated in the government response we would be reconsulting to obtain further views, or b) our... More
    Closed 30 June 2023
  • Home buying guide research

    We will be conducting research with people that interacted with this guide. The purpose of the research is to understand what sort of information you expect government to provide on 'home buying'. The research will take the form of an hour long online interview via teams. The interviews will be conducted during June '23. Those that are selected will receive a £30 online voucher. You will not need to download any software to take part. If you are interested in taking part... More
    Closed 30 June 2023
  • Homes for Ukraine June 2023 Guest Survey

    We are looking for people to take part in research to explore your experience of living in the UK and how you are preparing for the future. The research will take place in June 2023. If you are selected to take part, we will invite you to a 60-minute video call using Microsoft Teams. If you would like to take part in this research, please answer the survey questions below. We will select who to contact based on the survey responses, to make sure we include a mix of people who... More
    Closed 18 June 2023
  • Environmental Outcomes Reports: A new approach to environmental assessment

    Through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, we are seeking to secure powers to implement a new system of environmental assessment to be known as Environmental Outcomes Reports. This will allow the Government to replace the EU-derived Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment processes with a streamlined system that places greater focus on delivering our environmental ambitions. The introduction of outcomes-based approach allows the Government to... More
    Closed 9 June 2023
  • Infrastructure Levy

    This consultation seeks views on technical aspects of the design of the Infrastructure Levy. Responses will inform the preparation and content of regulations, which will themselves be consulted on, should Parliament grant the necessary powers set out in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. The Bill also introduces the power for the government to pilot Community Land Auctions (CLAs) to explore another avenue to more efficiently... More
    Closed 9 June 2023
  • Introduction of a use class for short term lets and associated permitted development rights

    This consultation contains proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes Order) 1987, as amended and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended, and the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended. It covers the following areas: The introduction of a new use class for short term lets ... More
    Closed 7 June 2023
  • Permitted development rights: supporting temporary recreational campsites, renewable energy and film-making

    This consultation contains proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended. It covers the following areas: A new permitted development right to support temporary recreational campsites. Changes to the existing permitted development rights for solar equipment and a new permitted development right for solar canopies. Amendment to the existing permitted development... More
    Closed 25 April 2023
  • Fees and Performance Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on proposals to increase planning fees and to improve the performance of local planning authorities. We want you to tell us what you think about the proposals to: increase planning fees by 35% for major applications and 25% for all other applications additional fees for bespoke or 'fast track' services make an annual inflation-related adjustment to planning fees ring-fence additional fees income ... More
    Closed 25 April 2023
  • Service charge transparency requirements: ongoing costs of the new building safety regime - consultation and call for evidence

    Scope of the consultation Topic of this consultation: The Building Safety Act 2022 establishes new legal duties for landlords and building owners of higher-risk residential buildings to keep their building safe. There will be an ongoing cost associated with complying with some of these building safety duties, which can be passed to leaseholders through the service charge. The consultation and call for evidence seeks views on: the proposed... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Alternative cost recovery for remediation works: consultation on proposals to make regulations and statutory guidance under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

    Scope of the consultation Topic of this consultation: This consultation seeks views on statutory guidance and policy proposals for legislation that would create a duty for landlords to take reasonable steps to ensure that all alternative avenues of cost recovery have been explored before passing remediation costs on to leaseholders. This consultation seeks views on proposals for: the buildings and defects to which the new duty should apply the... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Consultation on revised SoS directions to RSH on tenant involvement and mutual exchange

    This consultation seeks views on proposed Directions from the Secretary of State to the Regulator of Social Housing, using powers under section 197 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (“the 2008 Act”). The Social Housing White Paper included a commitment to introduce a proactive consumer regulation regime. We have reviewed the existing directions covering tenant involvement and mutual exchange to ensure they are suitable for the new regulatory framework. These... More
    Closed 30 March 2023
  • Local Government Pension Scheme: Changes to the Scheme Advisory Board Cost Management Process (CMP)

    This consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the rules of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales. It covers amendments to the scheme regulations governing the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) cost management process (CMP). The SAB ‘cost management process’ is provided for in regulation 116 of the LGPS Regulations 2013 and operates symmetrically, so that if valuations show that the costs of providing benefits have risen or fallen outside of a target... More
    Closed 24 March 2023
  • Sprinklers in care homes, removal of national classes, and staircases in residential building

    Consultation proposal on options to recommend sprinklers in care homes, remove national classifications from Approved Document B, and recommend a maximum height threshold for the use of one staircase in blocks of flats. More
    Closed 17 March 2023
  • Consultation for changes to the building control profession and the building control process for approved inspectors (in future to be known as registered building control approvers)

    Scope of the consultation Topic of this consultation: This consultation sets out the detailed requirements needed to implement the changes brought about by the Building Safety Act 2022. It seeks views on: Approved inspectors becoming registered building control approvers, and implications for their existing work. Restriction of activities and functions for building control bodies, both public and private. Length of registrations... More
    Closed 14 March 2023
  • Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Reforms to National Planning Policy

    This consultation seeks views on our proposed approach to updating the National Planning Policy Framework. We are also seeking views on our proposed approach to preparing National Development Management Policies, how we might develop policy to support levelling up, and how national planning policy is currently accessed by users. A fuller review of the Framework will be required in due course, and its content will depend on the implementation of the government’s... More
    Closed 2 March 2023
  • Request for views: Deadline for category 1 authorities to make draft accounts available for public inspection 

    In March 2021 The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 came in force. This amended the requirements about when accounts must be made available for public inspection for the 20/21 and 21/22 accounts, and provided that the period for the exercise of public rights needed to commence on or before the first working day in August in the following financial year. These deadlines were extended for two years to reflect the extraordinary pressures affecting the local audit market,... More
    Closed 2 March 2023
  • Annual Revaluation date change in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

    This consultation seeks views on changing the Local Government Pension Scheme for England and Wales (LGPS) annual revaluation date from 1 April to 6 April. This is to mitigate against the impact of high inflation on LGPS revaluation this year and consequent tax liabilities arising as a result. These tax liabilities would arise because the timing of LGPS revaluation on 1 April is not aligned with HMRC’s process for assessing the annual allowance tax charge. The proposed change would bring... More
    Closed 24 February 2023
  • Code of conduct for registered building inspectors

    The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) will be operating as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) from April 2023. Building control professionals will have to register with the BSR to perform building control work in England. The code of conduct sets out standards of professional conduct and practice that registered building inspectors are expected to meet. More
    Closed 23 February 2023
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