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CSE’s response to the govt’s planning policy consultation

14 October 2011

"The role of the planning system should not be solely a vehicle for development and economic growth, but should be primarily for the local control and management of resources in the most beneficial, efficient and effective way possible."

This, in a nutshell, is CSE's reaction to the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published recently by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), and is the opening statement in our formal response to the Government's consultation that was submitted this week.

Our response then goes on to provide detailed proposals to CLG to amend and augment the NPPF so that it (a) requires local planning authorities to address directly their role in delivering the UK’s carbon budgets and (b) establishes an unambiguous framework for sustainable energy planning so that renewable energy and low carbon development can take a more central role in local planning policies and development control.

As our response makes clear:

"Planning should not be anti-development, because development will be necessary to achieve the huge transformation of our energy system and built infrastructure that is needed to address the challenge of climate change. But, if planning is meant to be about preparing for the future we both need and want then any development needs to have a process of local consultation and a low carbon future at its core."

You can download CSE's 9-page response to the Draft National Planning Policy Framework consultation here.

The consultation runs until 17 October 2011. See CLG's website for more details.

CSE believes that, through the decisions it makes about energy generation, housing, transport networks and other infrastructure, the planning community has a critical role to play in the creation of a low-carbon future. For this reason CSE works with planning officers and elected councillors as well as communities to put sustainable energy at the heart of the local planning agenda.

You can read more about our work in this area here.

You can also follow the links below to five short videos about planning that were produced for our PlanLoCaL project:

Statutory planning (9mins)
Engaging with your local council (11 mins)
Getting planning permission (10mins)
Listed buildings, heritage and landscape (6mins)
Permits, permissions and planning (7mins)

Photo: Damien McMahon, reproduced under creative commons

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