Bodies call for help ahead of NPPF and Budget
Campaigners have called on the government to deliver new planning guidelines which help deliver truly sustainable developments.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England today issued a series of topics which it hopes will be taken on board by the government when it unveils the National Planning Policy Framework.
The NPPF is expected to be released at around 1.30pm tomorrow, shortly after the chancellor announces the budget.
The CPRE said it would be assessing the final NPPF carefully to see if it has addressed the following issues:
- recognise the intrinsic value of unprotected countryside which covers more than half of England, and set out stronger policies to protect the Green Belt and specially designated areas
- retain the ‘brownfield first’ policy to promote urban regeneration and efficient use of land by ensuring previously developed land is used to meet development needs before greenfield sites and effective integration of transport and land use planning
- define sustainable development so that environmental limits are respected and environmental objectives are pursued alongside other objectives, rather than giving primacy to economic development
- reinforce the plan-led system, including by ensuring effective transitional arrangements are put in place to allow time for up to date plans to be developed
- promote, rather than undermine, the delivery of affordable housing in appropriate locations to meet identified needs, particularly in rural areas
A spokesperson for the CPRE said: ‘CPRE argues for a planning system that promotes environmentally sustainable development.
‘This means that the countryside as a whole is protected and enhanced, and the regeneration of our urban areas is promoted, and that across England there is a transparent, locally accountable process of making plans and taking decisions based on those plans.’
Ahead of the Budget, the British Property Foundation has called on the government to support house building and encourage investment in housing.
The BPF has asked the government introduce ‘housing zones’ which would encourage developers to look at new builds as opposed to buying existing stock by offering tax and planning incentives.
The BPF also called for targeted reform of the REIT regime.