Proposed changes to the Planning System – video

The video of the webinar is on YouTube

26 October 2020

PlanningYouTube link for the webinar: or see below.

The Government recently published a White Paper proposing wide-ranging and radical changes to the planning system.

Some of the more controversial proposals include:

  • central government setting housing targets by using a national algorithm;
  • automatic consent to development in designated zones;
  • eliminating public consultation from consideration of proposals; and
  • abolishing the duty of adjoining authorities to cooperate.

Having looked closely at the detail of these potentially very significant changes, Oxford Civic Society’s planning specialists hosted a webinar on Thursday 15 October.  They explained the implications for our city, outlined the Society’s proposed response, and invited questions and comments from the audience.

Our planning specialists have prepared a comprehensive response to the Government’s White Paper. As well as giving direct answers to the questions asked in the consultation paper they have also written a narrative response which explains the reasons behind our answers and draws attention to some important issues that are not covered in the White Paper.

You can read or download both these papers, which are still in draft, here:

The finalised papers will be submitted before the deadline at the end of this month. We welcome members’ comments  by email to

As well as the White Paper and our draft response, these other documents are useful background reading: