The National Planning Policy Framework: eighth report of session 2010-12, Vol. 1: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence, Volume 1
The Stationery Office, Dec 21, 2011 - Architecture - 242 pages
This report recommends that a default answer of 'yes' to development should be removed from the National Planning Policy Framework (NPFF). The phrase 'significantly and demonstrably' must also be removed from the presumption that all planning applications should be approved unless the adverse effects 'significantly and demonstrably' outweigh the benefits, because it adds a further barrier to the achievement of truly sustainable development. The definition of 'sustainable development' is inadequate and often conflated with 'sustainable economic growth'. The framework gives the impression that greater emphasis should be given in planning decisions to economic growth, undermining the equally important environmental and social elements of the planning system. The NPPF should require local planning decisions to be taken in accordance with the presumption in favour of sustainable development consistent with Local Plans. It is unacceptable that so many parts of England have yet to develop and adopt a new Local Plan. Clarity within the NPPF has suffered in the pursuit of brevity. Inconsistent drafting could create gaps in planning policy or guidance that could lead to a huge expansion in the size of Local Plans - as local authorities attempt to plug those gaps. The test for 'viability', as currently worded, risks allowing unsustainable developments to go ahead if measures to make them sustainable are deemed to make them unviable for the developer. MPs also call for a sensible transition period to give local authorities time to put Local Plans in place where they have not already done so.
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The brevity and simplicity of the NPPF
The definition of sustainable development
The balance of the draft NPPF
Transition to a new system
Where should development take place?
affordable housing areas beneﬁts Bob Blackman brownﬁeld land clear communities concern core planning principles Councillor Gary Porter councils culture DCLG deﬁned deﬁnition of sustainable difﬁcult document draft NPPF duty to cooperate economic growth ensure environment environmental favour of sustainable ﬁelds ﬁnd ﬁve Gary Porter George Hollingbery going Government Government’s Green Belt greenﬁeld Greg Clark guidance important infrastructure issues John Rhodes John Slaughter LG Group local planning authorities Localism Bill Mark Pawsey Mike Holmes National Planning Policy national policy neighbourhood planning ofﬁce paragraph particular Paul Cheshire planning applications planning authorities planning decisions Planning Inspectorate Planning Policy Framework Planning Policy Statement planning system plans in place presumption in favour protection recognise reﬂect requirements Shaun Spiers signiﬁcant signiﬁcantly and demonstrably Simon Danczuk Sir Simon Jenkins social spatial speciﬁc Sport Sport England strategic Stuart Hylton sufﬁcient sustainable development TCPA theatres things Tony Burton town centre ﬁrst transport