The government has given MPs extra time to contribute to the debate over its controversial planning reforms following huge interest in the policy
Communities minister Andrew Stunell revealed in a House of Commons debate on Thursday that 13,700 responses had been received to the consultation on proposed reforms.
Bodies from the National Trust to the Theatres Trust have heavily criticised the draft National Planning Policy Framework, which was published by the government in July.
Stunell said: ‘As of this morning, 13,700 responses have been received to the consultation, of which some 3,700 are substantive individual ones.
‘The debates in the two houses will be taken into consideration. Indeed, if any honourable members felt that their contributions were cramped by today’s limitation on time, we will hold that door open for a few more days for them to submit written representations on the document.’
The Chartered Institute of Building used its response to the consultation to call for greater clarity of building sustainability measures.
Public affairs and policy manager Eddie Tuttle said: ‘We agree there should be a presumption in favour of sustainable development but it has to be based on consistent guidance and parameters on what constitutes sustainable development in the economic sense across all local authority areas.
‘The ways in which these targets will be met at the local level and included in the new planning framework are missing in the current NPPF draft.’