The RIBA’s main concern is the ability of local authorities – many of which are severely under-resourced – to produce plans before the NPPF is introduced. In the absence of Local Plans, the presumption in favour of sustainable development takes on a very different meaning and could undermine the principles of the planning system that
the framework aims to promote.
A good design process is an essential part of any methodology through which the social, economic and environmental objectives of the planning system can be reconciled and met
some form of encouragement is needed to ensure that previously developed sites – which are often more expensive to redevelop – are still used when it is sustainable to do so.