We have continued to keep our proposed alternative draft version of the NPPF draft dealing with concerns raised by many bodies concerning heritage, biodiversity and transport issues.
In this latest version we have looked at issues raised by by the main planning and environmental bodies, the Town and Country Planning Association, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Planning Officers Society and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. In this batch we have also dealt with the concerns of the Green link coalition.
The aim has not been a lowest common denominator approach or worse a big tent approach accepting every change. Rather it has been looking for common ground and accepting reasonable amendments that clarify issues and neither add unacceptably to length or divert the thrust of a more proactive document.
The alternative draft can be found here
A log of the changes here, including of those suggested which we think should not be made. In the current draft of the changes log this considers
TCPA – pages 30 -36
RTPI pages 36- 40
POS – pages 40-43
Inevitably there were some suggested changes where they would have created legal problems or where they may have got the wrong end of the stick – these are set out.
We are making good progress within a weeks we think we will have got through all of the major groups comments. Next will be the slightly duanting prospect of the CPRE and theNTs concerns. As well as a few other bodies not considered such as the NFU and the CLBA.
What we hope this means is that it should be possible to ‘fix’ the key issues by broad consensus, leaving only the most difficult issues, concerning the ‘presumption’ and the duty to cooperate.