The Department for Communities and Local Government has today published its draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for consultation. It is intended that this document will provide one overarching statement of Government planning policy replacing and streamlining the existing suite of Planning Policy Guidance Notes and Statements (including the recently published Planning Policy Statement 5 Planning for the Historic Environment).
Peter Hinton, IfA’s Chief Executive, quoted in the DCLG media release, said
‘We have welcomed the opportunities to engage with government as it has prepared the NPPF and have been heartened by its commitment to carrying forward in it the principles of PPS5 Planning for the Historic Environment. The NPPF sets out clearly government’s twin objectives of conserving the historic environment in a sustainable manner and of ensuring wide public benefit from expert investigations of those elements affected by development. We look forward to continuing to work with government in the coming weeks to make sure that the key heritage messages of the NPPF can be fully understood and implemented by heritage and property professionals, by local government, and by the communities they all serve. We are pleased to part of a group of heritage specialists already working on a practice guide to support the NPPF.’
Over recent months IfA’s discussions with Government have sought to ensure that the NPPF will be sufficiently robust regarding
IfA will be studying the consultation draft NPPF carefully and will continue its discussions with Government and intends formally to submit an early response to the consultation. To help us IfA members are invited to send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 August 2011.