Tuesday, 21 February 2023 from 15:00 to 16:30 – on line meeting (Link here). The National Planning Policy Framework is still in draft – Civic Voice is hosting a seminar to help to better understand the changes.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is preparing for a series of major changes as a result of a set of reforms that are being consulted on until March 2
The (NPPF) is a critical document for those in the planning sector because it details government policies for development in England.

Consultation began on Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy on 22 December. The updates are meant to achieve five objectives:

  1. Building beautiful and refusing ugliness: Achieved by requiring every local planning authority to create an area design code that sets minimum standards for development.
  2. Securing the infrastructure needed to support development: Achieved by introducing an infrastructure levy, infrastructure delivery strategies, and land auction powers.
  3. More democratic engagement with communities on local plans: Achieved by requiring local authorities to prepare local plans within a two-year timeframe and with more community consultation.
  4. Better environmental outcomes: Achieved by re-evaluating the framework to ensure it encourages climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  5. Empowering communities to shape their neighbourhoods: Achieved by increasing the weight given towards neighbourhood plans, introducing neighbourhood priorities statements, and implementing a street votes system.

The government stated that these updates would allow it to build more homes in the right places, reiterating its commitment to build 300,000 homes annually by the mid-2020s. While building 300,000 homes remains the goal, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities stated in December that housing targets will become “a starting point with new flexibilities to reflect local circumstance” rather than hard-and-fast rules.

The APPG event will bring together key figures from civic society, planning, and development to debate the consultation and its potential impact on communities and the built environment. Andrew Taylor, Group Planning and Communities Director at Vistry Group, Paul Miner, CPRE, and Vicky Payne from the Quality of Life Foundation will be among the speakers who will provide valuable insights and perspectives on the consultation and its implications for civic societies. A representative from the Department of Housing and Communities has been invited to speak.

Read the National Planning Policy Framework, with proposed consultation changes included.

Civic Voice Trustees will meet at the end of January to consider a response.  Share your thoughts on the consultation at info@civicvoice.org.uk.

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Last Updated on February 16, 2023 by Kingston Society