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Join the debate: dissecting the draft National Planning Policy Framework

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I dont know about ‘most important planning document since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947’ - it seems to be just pulling together lots of other polices and, despite my natural instinct to oppose everything this government do, i found myself agreeing (in principle) with much of what it says. The biggest alarm bell was these awful sounding Neighbourhood Forums. Whilst seeking to simplify the planning process these sounds like a great opportunity to put more obstacles in the way of development as applications ping pong between these local groups and local authorities. The idea of the Neighbourhood Forums granting planning permissions fills me with dread! There is real potential for small minded but articulate and vocal 'neighbourhoods' to cherry pick what they decide is acceptable development on their doorstep whilst less engaged or organised communities get all sorts of rubbish dumped on them.

Posted date

25 May, 2011

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6:09 pm

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