The British Property Federation, the leading body representing landlords and commercial property developers, has welcomed changes made to the National Planning Policy Framework, published today by the Planning Minister Greg Clark.
The BPF believes amendments to the Framework (see below for key changes), such as the inclusion of a requirement for developers to build on brownfield sites ahead of greenfield sites, a more robust town centre first policy including office development, and a revised definition of sustainable development – all changes the BPF has been championing – will go a long way to easing the concerns of the NPPF’s critics.
The BPF believes the debate must now move on to how the NPPF, which takes effect today, will work in practice given around half of local authorities still have not produced a Local Plan, and the complete lack of any underpinning guidance to support the document.
Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: “We believe the NPPF is now a more moderate and sensible document. The changes to the framework do not, however, alter its overall objective of supporting well-planned sustainable growth within a streamlined, plan-led system.
“Government has made some sensible concessions while still ensuring that local authorities must provide homes and jobs where they are needed.
“What’s needed now is clarity over how the NPPF is going to be implemented. Urgent questions remain over how local authorities should determine how many homes and jobs they need, and what the guidance that underpins the NPPF should be.
“And those local authorities that have failed in the last eight years to draw up an up to date Local Plan must now get on and create one. Hopefully the transitional arrangements announced today will be the spur they need.”
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