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The information on this blog is not intended to be advice, legal or otherwise. You should not rely on it and I do not accept liability in connection with it. If you do have a planning law question on which you would like advice, seek legal advice from a suitably qualified solicitor. Specific advice should be sought for specific problems.

Fixing the Foundations

Sajid Javid

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, launched proposals for productivity on Friday 11th July, in a Command Paper called “Fixing the Foundations”. The parts which got press coverage were the reforms to planning.

In outline, the major changes are to adopt a zoning system for brownfield sites, […]

Hilary Benn – “local communities should decide”

A somewhat surprising alliance between the Daily Telegraph and Labour’s shadow secretary for Communities and Local Government – Hilary Benn – has emerged this morning, with an article by Hilary Benn headlined “The Coalition have got it wrong over planning”.

So let us recall what the Coalition (or rather the Conservative policies adopted by […]

Development, growth, George Osborne and the green belt.

It’s very interesting how George Osborne and his advisers seem to get planning, as the modern system was introduced in 1947. There was a presumption in favour of development, planning was to rebuild the country and the idea was to enable development to happen. See the Uthwatt report for example. So the Chancellor of the […]

NPPF due in Budget Week

Has there been a hitch? The word on the street last week was that the NPPF would be issued on Budget day, Wednesday 21st. There were accompanying suggestions that the final draft was subject to comment from Treasury and BIS who were not happy. So on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday George Osborne announced that […]

“Protecting the Wider Countryside” – CPRE and the NPPF

I see that CPRE have released another report today, “Protecting the Wider Countryside” claiming that only 49% of the countryside will be protected if the NPPF is adopted in its present form. That is the area which is protected by a national designation. The rest is undesignated. So CPRE argue that it should be subject […]

Government must make significant changes to improve draft Planning Framework say MPs

The Commons Committee report on the draft NPPF is out today. The interest is mainly going to be on what is said about the presumption in favour of sustainable development. Let’s start at the Committee website.

It opens saying that the default answer of ‘yes’ to development should be removed (and predictably, that is the […]

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

The Government launched this strategy today, part of its proposals to stimulate growth, recognising the role played by new housing. I met with some architects last week and as we discussed the Government’s Plan for Growth, they practically fell about laughing when I took them through the policy of giving greater power to local communities […]

Hanham: NPPF will not render existing plans out of date

That was the headline on Planning’s website last Friday 28th October, following the Government’s debate in the Lords on the NPPF. But is that actually what she said? It is not what one would expect, because s.38(6) does of course allow plans to be overridden by material considerations. Planning applications are to be decided in […]

NPPF – response

“Framework” – a frame or skeleton (OED).

 

 

 

 

 

The closing date for responses is Monday 17th. In a spirit of openness, transparency and adventure, I have posted my response which you can read in this link.

National Trust issues its 10 point wish list

I offer the following comments (in italic) on the list issued today.

The National Trust’s ten asks of the NPPF are:

1. Confirmation that the planning system should not be used as a blunt tool to ‘proactively drive development’.

Planning is a sophisticated tool, and it is able to drive economic development proactively. That was […]