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Sussex cpre march 2013

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Sussex cpre march 2013

  1. 1. Futureproofing: theNational Planning PolicyFramework – one year onCPRE Sussex, March 2013 Neil Sinden, Policy and Campaigns Director, CPRE
  2. 2. Futureproofing: the National Planning PolicyFramework – one year on• land use planning system is key tool for ‘futureproofing’• recent changes to planning law on policy• CPRE’s campaign to influence these• identify some of the improvements we helped secure• focus on some key issues• outline the findings and recommendations of a recent CPRE report• introduce a new campaign we will be launching next week National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  3. 3. The Localism Act 2011• Infrastructure Planning Commission abolished• new procedures for National Policy Statements• Regional Spatial Strategies abolished• new duty to cooperate• non-binding Inspectors’ reports National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  4. 4. The Localism Act 2011• Neighbourhood Plans and Community Right to Build• Community Infrastructure Levy• new Homes Bonus• planning Enforcement Orders• new powers to deal with unauthorised advertisements(no community right of appeal) National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  5. 5. The National Planning Policy Framework:CPRE’s key asks• recognise the value of the wider countryside• retain the ‘brownfield first’ policy• take a better approach to sustainable development• reinforce the plan-led system; and• promote affordable housing delivery National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
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  10. 10. The NPPF campaign• feeding the media with stories• cooperating with National Trust• reaching out to unusual partners• leading Wildlife and Countryside Link’s work on the issue• surveying local authority views• researching brownfield and wider countryside issues• specific projects with RSPB and NT• working with MPs and Peers National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  11. 11. The final NPPF:significant improvements• better definition of sustainable development• core principles recognise: - intrinsic character and beauty of countryside; - need to use brownfield land; and - transport and land use integration• stronger policies on town centre vitality• Green Belt policy largely intact National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  12. 12. Sustainable Development:the golden thread or missing link?• the wrong starting point• seek integration not balance• benefits of planning undervalued• non-market values of land National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  13. 13. Sustainable Development:improvements in the NPPF• reference to UK Sustainable Development Strategy and environmental limits• greater emphasis on integrating social, economic and environmental objectives• reframed presumption in favour of sustainable development• good approach to plan-making: avoid, minimise, mitigate, compensate(para.152) National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  14. 14. Protecting the countryside and green spaces:what difference will the NPPF make?• local green space designation untested• wider countryside, not just designated areas• housing land supply requirements – deliverability and viability• pressure on the Green Belt• sporadic rural development National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  15. 15. Brownfield regeneration:‘smart growth’or Garden Cities?• reuse of previously developed land has been a big success• will local brownfield/density targets be enough?• design and density should go together• low density, dispersed development is unsustainable• more to be done – will Garden Cities help? National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  16. 16. Countryside Promises,Planning Realities• transitional period of 12 months insufficient• plan-led system is being undermined• valuable areas of countryside being lost to development• five year ‘deliverable’ land supply requirement leading to more greenfield development• role of neighbourhood plans less important than anticipated National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  17. 17. National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  18. 18. Recommendations• More Government support for getting local plans in place• Planning guidance to address areas of confusion and weakness• Longer term, improve policy by: • a new approach to sustainable development • new measures to promote urban regeneration • stronger protections for the countryside National Planning Policy Framework – one year on
  19. 19. Save our Countryside:how you can help• briefing materials for branches/local groups• use evidence to resist inappropriate devpt• write to local MPs and ask them to raise concerns with the Planning Minister• provide evidence of damaging decisions• write to local newspapers• encourage local authorities to get plans inplace National Planning Policy Framework – one year on

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