John Howells MP here
Many developers have seen the NPPF as having 5 years to bed in. If so, it is already doing well. But to do this fully, more needs to be made of the duty to co-operate without it becoming a duty to cave–in.
Does this mean. Like Eric Pickles calling the application of the duty, ‘terrorism’, they are having second thoughts? Of course the duty is not a duty to agree and providing an LPA can agree a framework with the overspilling LPA on how to choose the most sustinable sites it need not mean automatcially taking overpill need.
He also said
Rather than become a millstone round the necks of local planners, the NPPF has been embraced as the framework it was always intended to be.
Embraced in the sense of losing appeals and losing teh funding for your job ues, embraced with enthusiasm no. After all plan production has slowed and plan adoption almnost to a halt. John Howells is delusional the planning system is far more confrontational with far more central intervention than it ever was.