National Trust makes NPPF suggestions

nationaltrust250_250The National Trust has laid out a list of suggestions regarding how to improve the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Clarifying the definition of sustainable development, confirming the legislation will not be utilised to proactively drive construction, making development explicitly prioritised on brownfield sites and ensuring that the protection of countryside is not affected are some of its proposals.

The organisation’s director-general Fiona Reynolds had previously called the framework’s tone “fundamentally wrong”.

Its contribution to the discussion was welcomed by the British Property Federation (BPF) and chief executive of the group Liz Peace noted the Trust had some “positive suggestions”.

However, she expressed concern it had argued companies should not be allowed to fund and lead neighbourhood plans, which it said must be “genuinely community led”.

Ms Peace argued: “Businesses should be just as entitled as residents to have a say in how their areas are developed and communities need jobs if they are not to wither and die.”

The BPF also disagreed with the Trust’s proposals for third party rights of appeal and restated that it misunderstands the default yes to development proposals where no local plan is in place, asserting that these structures must still be sustainable.

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