National Planning Policy Framework

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19 Sep 2011

In July the Department for Communities and Local Government published the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which will replace all Government planning guidance in April 2012.
I support the streamlining of planning policy but believe it is important that our planning system is based on sound evidence and has clear objectives.

The NPPF as currently drafted does not provide sufficient protection to our countryside and risks antagonising local communities rather than engaging them. This will result in greater opposition, more appeals and a less effective planning system.

There needs to be a balance in the planning system, rightly supporting appropriate growth and development opportunities but also protecting the environment and our heritage as well as enabling the renewal and improvement of infrastructure.

The consultation on the draft Framework runs until 17 October and can be found at