The long-awaited planning policy framework must be referred to in the government’s flagship Localism Bill for it to be effective, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has claimed.
There is currently no mention of the framework in the Localism Bill. The RTPI has expressed concern that fundamental changes to the planning system are not referred to in legislation.
RTPI President Richard Summers said: ‘The RTPI firmly believes that the national planning policy framework should be embedded in legislation and that it should appear on the face of the Localism Bill.
‘This would greatly strengthen the effectiveness of national planning policy by ensuring that a range of statutory bodies and their plans would be required to demonstrate that they had taken the policies into account before making planning related decisions.’
The RTPI has launched a campaign for the Localism Bill to explicitly reference the planning framework, ensuring that planning authorities would have to take the framework into account.