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Planning Minister Nick Boles publishes final version of new online planning guidance
6 March 2014


In a written ministerial statement this morning, Boles said that the government would today cancel all previous planning practice guidance documents. A beta version of the new online guidance, drawn up by Lord Taylor, was published in August last year. Taylor’s report described the current system as 'unfit for purpose' and recommended that the 237 guidance documents in use should be replaced with a single, up-to-date online resource.

Boles' statement said the final version would:

  • Encourage joint working between local authorities, but clarify 'that the duty to co-operate is not a duty to accept. We have considered and rejected the proposals of HM's Opposition to allow councils to undermine Green Belt protection and dump development on their neighbours' doorstep'.

  • Incorporate guidance on renewable energy (including heritage and amenity) published during last summer and make it clearer in relation to solar farms, that visual impact is a particular factor for consideration.

  • Clarify when councils can consider refusing permission on the grounds of prematurity in relation to draft plans.

  • Issue 'robust guidance on flood risk, making it crystal clear that councils need to consider the strict tests set out in national policy, and where these are not met, new development on flood risk sites should not be allowed'.

  • Make clear that local plans 'can pass the test of soundness where authorities have not been able to identify land for growth in years 11 - 15 of their Local Plan, which often can be the most challenging part for a local authority'.

Read the ministerial statement by Nick Boles, click here.

View the The National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance, click here.

There are also a number of notable inclusions in the cancelled category which includes SHMA and SHLAA guidance, planning conditions, delivering affordable housing, letters to chief planners requiring renegotiating permissions to ensure deliverability. Read the full list of cancelled guidance, click here.

If you are concerned about the effect the new guidance has on your projects, and would like to speak to Levvel please call 01202 639444.
 
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