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April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 183

The Planning Minister, Greg Clarke, today introduced to the House the National Planning Policy Framework following consideration of consultation responses to the Draft NPPF published last year.

The policy guidance document comes into effect immediately.

It remains to be seen whether casting aside over 1,000 pages of policy guidance can in practice be replaced by a document of some 50 pages.

The cynical may feel that this will produce a mandate for Planning Barristers to line their pockets. What is clear is that the presumption in favour of sustainable development has made its way into the final document, again time will tell whether the definition of sustainable development is sufficiently robust to ensure that development proposals are truly sustainable.

The Minister in presenting the guidance to the House emphasised the importance of high quality design and expressed regret that despite the lowest house building figures for over 100 years this had not raised the bar in terms of quality of design.

The challenge for professionals will thus be to produce schemes which meet the Government's sustainability objectives whilst creating homes which people want to live in and meet the stated objective of high quality design.

It is relatively easy for a "grand design" type project, building a one off house, to make this both architecturally pleasing and sustainable. It is a significantly more demanding task for those designing new residential communities, where both the developer and indeed the buying public still seek traditional brick built housing, which has changed little since the end of the last War.

At a recent Royal Town Planning Institute hosted conference delegates considered the implications of the impended planning policy changes. By cutting policy advice guidance down to 52 pages the concern raised by a number of the speakers was that minimising detail at the national level meant there was a real danger that Local Authorities and other bodies would seek to publish their own much more detailed policy guidance at the local level in order to address the perceived policy vacuum.

It was interesting that the overwhelming majority of Local Authority representatives at the conference indicated that they felt that the NPPF would not benefit them in their work; whilst the private sector delegates considered that the new system would have a positive impact upon their work.!

Greg Clarke announcing the guidance to the House confirmed that protection would be put in place to ensure that Green Belts, SSSI's and cherished towns and villages etc. would be protected and time will tell whether the scaremongering from the press in response to the draft document has any justification in real terms. It is to be anticipated that there will be teething problems whilst everyone involved in the planning system gets to grips with the NPPF and these will be challenging and interesting times for all. It remains to be seen whether the community will grasp this opportunity to steer future growth, and indeed whether it will in practice remove what the business community currently perceive as an impediment to growth. The track record for communities seeking to proactively steer development in a certain direction is not good, however, this may be the fault of an overly complex and inaccessible planning system which disenfranchise the public from the decision makers.

It would be unrealistic to expect any major change overnight as this new guidance will require a significant period of readjustment and re-education.

Evans Jones are a DDA Access Audits Consultant, Chartered Surveyor, Planning Consultant, Architecture firm in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

David Jones is an LLP Partner and Head of Planning Division within Evans Jones. His areas of expertise include the provision of Green Travel Plans to clients nationwide.

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