National Planning Policy Framework Member Briefing 1 st May 2012

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  • National Planning Policy FrameworkMember Briefing1st May 2012

    Mark RussellPlanning Advisory Service

  • Planning Advisory ServicePart of Local Government Association

    Training and support, learning events and online resources

    Help local authorities understand and respond to planning reform

    Free of charge

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  • AgendaPurpose for session:Introduction to NPPFSummary produced

    What next?Seeking any outstanding questions in order to produce FAQsEmail address for queriesNew areas of work CV teamNational training/briefings/advice to come

  • Introduction to the National Planning Policy FrameworkStatusSustainable development 3 Dimensions and 12 Core PrinciplesPlan makingDevelopment managementHousingImplications for Cotswold District

  • StatusA statement of national policyLocal and neighbourhood plans must take account of itA material consideration in planning decisionsSits within existing legislative framework Localism Act, Planning Acts, etc.

    Replaces all PPSs, PPGs, MPGs, Circular 05/05, Letters to CPOs

  • Sustainable developmentPresumption in favour of Sustainable DevelopmentDefinition? Policies in NPPF taken as a whole

    Planning system has 3 dimensions: An economic roleA social roleAn environmental role

  • An economic roleTrainingJobsLandscapeTown centres and shopping

  • A social roleAffordable housing scheme - SouthropNew development and design

  • An environmental roleConservationLandscape/ countrysideTreesBiodiversity

  • 12 Core PrinciplesA plan-led system through local and neighbourhood plansA creative exerciseRespond positively to growth Seek high quality designTake account of different roles and characters of areasSupport transition to low carbon economy

  • 12 Core PrinciplesConserve and enhance the natural environmentReuse previously developed landPromote mixed use developmentConserve heritage assetsSupport public transport, walking and cyclingDeliver community and cultural facilities

  • Plan led system - Local plansStarting point for decision makingMust be consistent with NPPF Can be reviewed in whole or part, but keep uptodatePut in place as quickly as possible, to provide strategy for neighbourhood plansProactively engage with the community a collective visionSet out strategic prioritiesMeet the full, objectively assessed needs of the areaIntegrate approach to housing, employment and other uses

  • Plan led system - ImplementationDue weight to be given to existing plan policiesDepends upon the degree of consistency with the NPPFPlanning team assessing existing policiesFrom March 2012, can give weight to emerging plans, depending uponStage of preparationSignificance of objectionsDegree of consistency with NPPF

  • Current Development planRPG10 (until revoked)Glos Structure Plan (until revoked)

    Cotswold District Local PlanMinerals and Waste Local PlansSaved policies

    Cotswold new Local Plan (Core Strategy)Draft documents

  • A plan-led system The Duty to CooperateWith neighbouring authorities (and two tier authorities)On cross boundary issuesOn larger than local issues e.g. strategic prioritiesConsider different geographic areas e.g. travel-to-work areasDifferent ways suggested:1) Joint committee2) Jointly prepared strategy3) Memorandum of understandingProvide evidence of continuous co-operation a test

  • A plan-led system Neighbourhood plansMust be consistent with NPPF

    Must reflect and support Local Plan strategic prioritiesCannot promote less development than in Local PlanOnce in place, takes precedence over non-strategic policies in Local Plan

    Email enquiries: [email protected]

  • Decision makingSeek to approve applications for sustainable developmentDetermine applications in accordance with the development planunless material considerations indicate otherwiseThe NPPF is a material consideration

    Encourage pre-application discussionsPublicise information requirementsConsider planning performance agreements

  • Encourage community engagementCotswold DC working with communities to shape schemes


  • Five year land supply

    Local authorities must maintain 5 year supply of housing land+ 5% buffer to ensure choice and competition in the market+20% buffer wherea record of persistent under delivery

    Sites identified in Local Plan to 2011Can consider windfall sites if compelling evidence of supply

    Currently, Cotswold District has c.4 years supply - shortfallDynamic situation reviewed annuallyStrategy being devised to combat current/ future shortfall

  • Key issues for Cotswold District CouncilWhat does Sustainable Development mean for the Cotswolds?AONB status/weightDesign how promote/judge good QualityInfrastructure required to support (CIL)Housing (& Gypsy and Traveller) need and deliveryLocal Plan Status

  • What next?NationalNPPF has reduced policy down to 59 pages only, but..National policy statements for major infrastructureNational Waste Management Plan for EnglandPlanning policy for traveller sitesTechnical guidance on flood risk and mineralsFurther technical guidance to come

  • What next?National

    NPPF contains 7 different definitions of weight

    Need for guidance and supportNew enhanced role for Planning Advisory of support being developed

    Likely to be a number of appeals and legal challenges

  • What next?LocalCotswold DC planning team:Assessing consistency of existing policies with the NPPFLooking at potential of windfall sites to help with housing supplyBringing forward a new Local Plan (Core Strategy)Working with communities to help shape development

    Working with councillors to understand the changes to the planning systemPutting together FAQsFurther questions? [email protected]

  • National Planning Policy FrameworkMember Briefing1st May 2012

    Mark RussellPlanning Advisory Service