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News - 31 December 1969

Problems with planning law policy say MPs.

The government's flagship planning policy, the National Planning Policy Framework, has seen "inappropriate and unwanted" housing development spring up across England, MPs have said, leaving High Streets unprotected against out-of-town store developments.

Liz Kennett, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“The framework came into existence in April 2012, with the aim of speeding up decisions and boosting housebuilding. The "presumption in favour of sustainable development" has, however, seen conservationists criticise it as a "developers' charter" MPs have said.”

MPs of the Communities and Local Government Committee have said changes to the NPPF were required to ensure "the same weight is given to the environmental and social as to the economic dimension" with "due emphasis on the natural environment".

Its research had found 41% of council planning authorities had not adopted a local plan for development.

Committee chairman Clive Betts added: "Councils must do more to protect their communities against the threat of undesirable development by moving quickly to get an adopted local plan in place."

Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said the NPPF had seen planning permission for 240,000 homes in the past year and "ensured strong protections of the open countryside... while at the same time putting power back in the hands of local people through the abolition of top-down regional strategies".

If you need any help and advice for your business on the implications of central and local Government Funding initiatives and the construction industry, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Liz Kennett to discuss how ABDS can help

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