• Our MPs must act urgently over developer friendly national planning policy framework

    3rd April 2014 | News | Claire
  • In particular, paragraph 14, which states “where the plan is absent, silent or relevant policies are out-of-date, granting permission, unless … any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits …

    This basically makes the answer a default yes. 

    But then after all, the government let a team of developers write the NPPF!  And tory party coffers are much richer because of it.

    And paragraph 32 which states that a refusal on highways grounds can only be sustained if the impact is “severe.”

    Also, paragraph 47, which hands out a penalty for a “persistent under-delivery of housing.”  The penalty is 20 per cent – equivalent to six year’s worth of housing land supply. 

    If this penalty did not exist, EDDC may well have already met its requirements and we would not even be looking at an application for 300 houses in the middle of nowhere, between Gittisham and Honiton.

    The only people that can fix the NPPF are in parliament.

    Now more than ever, it is vital to write to your MP on this. With an election looming next year, I am hoping that they might be a bit proactive on the issue.

    Write to Hugo Swire at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Neil Parish at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)