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Federation: Planning guidance needs more clarity

Wed 16th October 2013, 4:00 pm

The British Property Federation (BPF) has questioned if proposed guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) creates contradictions within the system.

Responding to a government consultation, the BPF said the proposed guidance needs further clarity on a number of issues, chief of which are:

  • Clarity on the status of the NPPG with regard to the weight it should be given in planning decisions;
  • Consistency in the tone of the language used throughout the document;
  • Review of the guidance’s treatment of economic need and development;
  • Consideration of the role of the mayor of London in plan-making or planning application determination.

Liz Peace, chief executive of the BPF said:  "We have largely welcomed the draft NPPG for its role in providing much-needed brevity and clarification on a wide range of planning issues.

"However, given that the creation of the NPPF and NPPG has been designed as an aid to removing confusion from the planning process, it is of great importance that the final documents are in complete tandem with one another on policy, and that developers and LAs can be completely clear on which document takes final precedence."

Earlier this year Sitematch conducted a survey amongst planning officers working for London’s planning authorities, indicating that the the NPPF is still cause for confusion amongst planners.

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