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..