Planning policy “not protecting town centres”

Fri 13th December 2013, 2:03 pm

Research shows that 76 per cent of approved retail space since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into effect is not located in town centres.

The research was commissioned by the Association for Convenience Stores.

The review examined 50 planning decisions on proposed major retail developments between March 2012 and October 2013 and found that over three quarters of approved schemes are not located in town centres.

The report concludes that the sequential and impact tests are not being applied effectively, that development plans are either out of date or lack sufficient details to give a clear indication of what the decision indicated by the plan should be, and that supposed evidence-based retail assessments are nothing more than advocacy documents promoting the case of the developers.

Research conducted by Sitematch earlier this year showed London’s planning officers are sceptical about the benefits of the NPPF.

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