NPPF Changes Consultation 2015
Proposed Changes to National Planning Policy
This DCLG consultation seeks views on proposed changes to national planning policy. It covers the following areas:
- Broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities;
- Increasing the density of development around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations;
- Supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing agreed in Local Plans;
- Supporting delivery of starter homes;
- Transitional arrangements.
The document published by DCLG to support this consultation is attached below. In order to appreciate the context of our responses, please take the time to read through the DCLG consultation document.
GGG has very strong objections to many of the proposals. In our opinion, they will not protect and enhance the natural environment as required in the NPPF and not meet the housing requirements of all sectors of the population.
The ‘overall balance of policy’ referred to in paragraph 3 will be lost.
We are also concerned at the decreasing role of local authorities in achieving a well-planned mix of land uses, as well as the amount of additional work which will be required of the understaffed local authority planning departments.
Our detailed responses are contained in the articles listed below.