OUR VIEW ON the

national planning policy framework

The long-awaited consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published this week (March 5).

Bidwells has read the detail, so you don’t have to.

 

Planning Partner, David Bainbridge, said:

“Changes in the consultation draft fall into two categories: either minor tinkering at the edges or key elements where the detail is currently missing.

“The approach to delivery of housing is confused with no clear link between local needs and full-objectively assessed housing need and relies on further guidance on the standard methodology for calculating housing need. This will need to be resolved before the final document is published.”

AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

DEFINITION CHANGES

HOUSING NEED:

LOCAL HOUSING NEED APPROACH IS TOO SIMPLISTIC

LOCAL PLANS:

WILL UPDATES BE AVOIDED WHERE POSSIBLE?

DELIVERABILITY:

LPAS WILL NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR SUPPLY SITES

RURAL HOUSING:

aREAS OF AMBIGUITY REMAIN

RURAL Economy
DELIVERY MECHANISMS UNCLEAR

DELIVERY OF HOUSING
TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES

Viability

LAND SHOULDN'T BEAR ALL OBLIGATIONS  

GREEN BELT POLICY
ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK

retail & economics
second fiddle to housing 

heritage asset conservation
PERHAPS More, BUT CERTAINLY not less

COMMUNICATIONS

ELEVATED FROM VITAL TO ESSENTIAL

LONDON

A BALLET BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND THE MHCLG

MUSIC VENUES

AGENT OF CHANGE IS GAINING MOMENTUM

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