Yesterday, on the last day of the parliamentary term, the Government published a raft of new measures.
For planners, the most significant were the new National Planning Policy Framework and associated documents, having considered the 29.224 consultation responses to its proposals in the spring.
The Secretary of State, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, described it as a new planning rulebook to deliver more quality, well-designed homes in areas where they are needed. It will also "make it easier for councils to challenge poor quality and unattractive development and give communities a greater voice about how developments should look and feel."
Whether or not that turns out to be the case, time alone will tell.
Martin Edwards and Josef Cannon consider some of the key aspects of the new provisions: Martin offering an overview of the new NPPF and Josef providing a more in-depth look at the new requirements for assessing housing need.