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National Planning Policy Framework: the verdict

Industry bodies and campaigners have been clamouring to offer their views on the government’s planning framework, revealing a wide range of opinion on the likely effect of the reforms

Ruth Reed, president of the RIBA

‘The RIBA is very encouraged by the strong emphasis placed on the importance of good design within the new planning framework.’

Paul Finch, deputy chair at Design Council CABE

‘We are pleased to see the link made between good design and sustainable development.’

Kate Henderson, chief executive at the Town and Country Planning Association

‘There is a vagueness around some of the key concepts which may be subject to clarification through the courts.’

Shaun Spiers, chief executive at the Campaign to Protect Rural England

‘If it is not amended, there will be battles against development across the country that will make the public revolt against the sale of the forests look like a tea party.’

Liz Peace, chief executive at the British Property Federation

‘We will have no problem in giving the framework our ringing endorsement.’

Richard Summers, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute

‘It fails to set out a vision for the development that is needed to support a growing population and to promote economic growth across the country.’

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman at the Home Builders Federation

‘How local authorities implement the policy remains critical and will require a change of culture across the board.’

Paul King, chief executive at the UK Green Building Council

‘We would like to see greater clarity around what constitutes ‘sustainable development’’

Dame Fiona Reynolds, director general at the National Trust

‘The government’s proposals allow financial considerations to dominate, and with this comes huge risk to our countryside, historic environment and the precious local places that people value.’

David Orr, chief executive at the National Housing Federation

‘A hugely significant milestone in delivering a reformed planning system that better supports ‘good growth’ to create jobs and meet housing need.’

Katja Hall, chief policy director at the CBI

‘Cutting back the reams of planning policy and guidance we currently have makes absolute sense.’

Hank Dittmar, chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation

‘In his foreword, Minister Greg Clark has rightly said that the delivery of sustainable development must be at the heart of this new framework. The framework appears to both simpler and robust and we look forward to commenting to help ensure that quality development for people and the environment remains at it’s core.’

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