National Planning Policy Framework
21/02/2012 12:11 pm
I’ve been reading the thoughts of one of the Inside Housing regulars about the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This document appears to be a complete disaster and yet there is no comment on this by him apart from to support it as the way to solve our housing crisis.
I provided evidence on several occasions in the comments section and as would provide some analysis on this as that is what Inside Housing are here to provide as I understand but this hasn’t been forthcoming.
Therefore I thought I’d open it out for people to comment and will briefly summarise what the problem appears to be.
In short – this is meant to reduce red tape I believe and let people build more houses. In reality, housing providers, government departments and housing bodies are saying that not only does the NPPF create more confusion; it may actually end up slowing down the process of agreeing new builds due to the contradictions in the document. Amazingly, according to one representation by Shelter on this, the NPPF could result in housing being built which is "unaffordable to people of average or below average incomes"!
It also seems that the document could encourage ANY form of development which can all be classed as "sustainable" despite the fact that it could mean "motorway service stations, roads to the airport and advertising hoardings".
In short, it could make things worse whilst destroying the environment with developments that create little more than urban sprawl which aren’t sustainable and aren’t affordable and will take longer to build. I think this is worthy of intense debate and think it’s about time it was discussed on here..
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21/02/2012 12:24 pm
I continually struggle to get stuff on this forum due to problems this site has with formatting but hopefully you will see below the two main links to the evidence: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/05/george-osborne-motorway-sustainable-development www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmcomloc/1526/152606.htm
27/02/2012 12:28 pm
I'm surprised no one is commenting on this.
Everyone is always complaining that we need to build more housing and yet a planning document comes along which appears to be a mess and might result in less properties being built and yet no one is discussing this!
27/02/2012 6:03 pm
You are right to raise this as an important topic as I believe the 1947 Planning System is directly responsible for the housing crisis we have today. I don't think the NPPF is radical enough. It won't prove instrumental in encouraging more development, probably the reverse. The problem is the concept of 'sustainable development' and the idea that housing is pollution. We really have to challenge this. The solution is not to define sustainability better or have more 'sustainable development' but to oppose this self-limiting concept - a concept that kettle's people onto brownfield land in the least attractive areas. That's why I support the Dale Farm Gypsies. I see them very much as being in the vanguard of challenging this protocol and the snobbery of the Green Belt.
As to the reason why Inside Housing has been quiet on the issue of late, I suspect it is only because there is little further to say on the NPPF until it is published in March - most likely on Budget Day.
28/02/2012 9:05 am
I'll revisit this in March because like everything else as these things need to be challenged in advance.
The coalition appear to be rushing through policies with little thought that appear to cause more problems than they solve whilst conveniently making a small percentage of people richer, whether it's corporations, private landlords etc
As noted above, there are already widespread concerns and it seems to me that if this is the case then I would have thought that Inside Housing would want to provide some critical analysis of this.
The article by George Monbiot succinctly highlights the underlying agenda of these NPPF in reality, and as this is where it is headed, it needs to be highlighted because this is precisely where all arguments come back to on the forums and any articles about housing whether here or in other media - more affordable, and sustainable housing.