Ahead of a planning white paper, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has floated a number of potential reforms to English planning in the form of a new report, 'Planning for the future'. Alex Ground runs the rule over some of its headline proposals.

"Controlling design and planning is to a large extent the counter-weight to the more laissez-faire approach of permitted development, so it will be interesting to see how the government reconciles this in its forthcoming white paper," she explains. "The planning white paper will also need to include detail regarding the grounds on which local planning authorities can refuse to sanction other types of development the government is looking to encourage, including upward expansion."

Planning reform: Plenty to think about, but more detail required is available to read on the The Planner website.

Alex is a partner in our real estate team. She advises on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase including planning applications, appeals, negotiating s106 agreements, challenges and enforcement.