Briefing 1382: Response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework

This paper is taken from a ‘Response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework’ from the Rural Sustainable Development Network

Year of Publication2011

The Framework should simplify planning and promote collaborative plan making and local decision making. However the approach to sustainable development set out early in the draft is not carried through. Instead the focus shifts to economic growth and risks neglecting social and environmental aspects. As 48% of local authorities do not have an up to date Local Plan there is a danger that developers will make proposals that do not meet local requirements. The requirement for local authorities to avoid long term protection of employment land could hinder the growth of small firms. A national designation for "cherished spaces" is vague and could be used to stop development or be open to challenge from developers.

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