ICE response to national planning policy framework consultation

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) asked for comments on its draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published in July 2011. The framework seeks to reduce the 1,000-page planning guidance for England to under 60.

ICE's response to to national planning policy framework consultation
ICE's response to to national planning policy framework consultation

Planning is an important topic for the development and management of infrastructure. Here are our comments on the draft NPPF:

  • We welcome the Government’s intention to simplify planning guidance and to make sustainable development the purpose of the planning system
  • We have particular concerns about the impact of the NPPF in a period where there is limited local plan coverage
  • We're concerned that the wording of some sections, particularly on transport, permits unsustainable development
  • Feedback from ICE practitioners suggests that many of the valuable gains in coastal defence and management practice achieved by the Planning Policy Statement 25, may be undermined by the new guidance
  • The lack of coverage of energy and waste issues should be re-considered
  • The provisions for 'Local Green Space' designations are somewhat unclear

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