CABE to step up help with local plans
A design charity and the government’s planning services have announced they will join forces to speed up help to councils drawing up local plans.
The Cabe team at the Design Council, which advises on architecture and the built environment, will join the Planning Advisory Service to scale up a free service to help local authorities hit a government deadline.
Councils only have until March 2013 to ensure their local plans fit in with the national planning policy framework.
The local plan panel review service is already available to local authorities and Cabe has managed to help 123 local authorities in the past five years. But through the partnership Cabe and the advisory service hope to significantly increase that number.
The government published its NPPF in March this year, which said in cases where local authorities do not have a post-2004 local plan, the NPPF must influence planning decisions.
The Cabe service helps councils put up to date local plans in place quickly, and offers free design advice.
Nahid Majid, director of the Cabe team at the Design Council, said: ‘Cabe is really pleased to have joined forces with the Planning Advisory Service so that we can provide more local plan panel review sessions. Our work supporting local authorities has always been well received, but in partnership we have even greater scope to create successful and engaging places.’
Adam Dodgson, principal consultant at the Planning Advisory Service, said: ‘Working in partnership with Cabe means we can help more local authorities to get their plans in place. We’re excited about the potential for our collaboration and know that our representatives will add real value to the work of Cabe’s built environment experts.’