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Government unveils National Planning Policy Framework

The government has revealed its long awaited Draft National Planning Policy Framework document aimed at replacing the existing system of planning policy statements

The document defines how sustainable development will be made the ‘basis for every plan, and every decision’ and explains where schemes could be judged to be unsustainable.

In a foreword to the document, planning minister Greg Clark explained: ‘Our standards of design can be so much higher. We are a nation renowned worldwide for creative excellence, yet, at home, confidence in development itself has been eroded by the too frequent experience of mediocrity.

‘In order to fulfil its purpose of helping achieve sustainable development, planning must not simply be about scrutiny. Planning must be a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which we live our lives.

‘In part, people have been put off from getting involved because planning policy itself has become so elaborate and forbidding – the preserve of specialists, rather than people in communities.

‘By replacing over a thousand pages of national policy with around fifty, written simply and clearly, we are allowing people and communities back into planning.’

 

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