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THE GOVERNMENT'S OBJECTIVES FOR THE PLANNING SYSTEM

1. Good planning must be positive and proactive, operating in the public interest.

2. Sustainable development is to be the core principle underpinning planning.

3. Planning hould:

l make suitable land available for development in line with economic, social and environmental objectives;

l contribute to sustainable economic development;

l protect and enhance the natural and historic environment, countryside and existing communities;

l ensure inclusive design and the efficient use of resources; and l ensure that development supports existing communities.

4. National policies and regional and local development plans (regional spatial strategies and local development frameworks) are to provide the framework for community involvement and present a shared vision.

5. Where the development plan contains relevant policies, applications for planning permission should be determined in line with the plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

6. There should be respect for cost, effort and commitment that has gone into engagement in plan-making and in preparing and submitting applications. Planning authorities must ensure that plans are kept up to date and that planning applications are dealt with expeditiously and ensure also that they have appropriate arrangements for enforcement.

7. Every local planning authority must report, on an annual basis, the extent to which policies set out in local development plans are being achieved, as well as facilitating and promoting the implementation of good quality development.

8. More effective community involvement is key and requires the early engagement of all the stakeholders in the process of plan-making and bringing forward development proposals.

9. Pre-application discussions are critically important in ensuring a better mutual understanding of objectives and constraints.

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