Monday, 2 September 2013

National Planning Practice Guidance

An online planning guidance resource has been issued in draft form from the Department for Communities and Local Government for public testing and comment. Here's the link to Minerals.

The existing guidance, says DCLG, "is almost impossible for residents and businesses to use effectively". The new and heavily cut-down version will "provide clearer protections for our natural and historic environment by giving power back to communities who are generally best placed to make local decisions". No really, that's what it says.

Nick Boles, the Planning Minister, hopes the new "national planning guidance will give much needed simplicity and clarity to the planning system and bring about better community involvement" because, after all, "planning shouldn’t just be the preserve of technocrats, lawyers and council officers".