Title: Barker Review of Land Use Planning Final Report - Recommendations 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2006 
Availability: PU062 Printed by The Stationery Office 12/06 349591 
Author 1/Producer: Kate Barker 
Other Authors/Producers: HM Treasury 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
ISBN: 978-0-11-840485-3 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1504875  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Brownfields
Contaminated land-->management&admin
Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Short description: Extract from Forward: The reforms proposed here aim to achieve an improved framework for the delivery of major infrastructure projects, a simpler national policy framework and decision-making processes focused on outcomes. Specific recommendations cover: • a substantial reform of the planning process for major infrastructure projects, the key elements of which are ministerial engagement and public consultation at the start of the process, resulting in a clearer national policy framework, and final decisions being taken by a new independent Planning Commission (these proposals have been developed in collaboration with the Eddington Transport Study); • streamlining of policies and processes, including a simplification of national policy; further rationalisation of consent regimes; a reduction in the emphasis on targets for decision-making, and a greater use of Planning Delivery Agreements so that local planning authorities can focus on outcomes; • enhancing skills and resources, including raising the status of the Chief Planner, training for Committee Members, and an expanded role for the central support function ATLAS to remove bottlenecks in the processing of major applications; and • improving the efficiency of the planning application procedure, including more partnership working with the private sector, a reduction in the information requirements for applications, fewer central government call-ins and a new Planning Mediation Service. More efficient use of land No-one needs reminding that England is a small and relatively densely-populated country. Over the coming decades, decisions about where development should take place are likely to become more difficult. Central projections suggest that population growth will be a little faster in the future, with the population rising to 55 million by 2026. The Stern Review on the economics of climate change made clear the challenges and uncertainties around both mitigation and adaptation – ranging from flooding, to changes in agriculture, to the need to accommodate shifting biodiversity requirements. Against this background, there are three main proposals: • the Government should consider fiscal changes to encourage business property to be kept in use, and to incentivise the use of vacant previously developed land; • planning authorities and regional planning bodies should continue to review green belt boundaries to ensure that they remain appropriate given sustainable development needs, including regeneration; and • steps should be taken where possible to improve the quality of green belt land, and to ensure that valued green space in urban areas is protected and enhanced. 
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