The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said the draft National Planning Policy Framework needs more work to ensure it effectively balances economic, social and environmental priorities.
The RTPI’s call includes:
- Clarification of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.The Government needs to define sustainable development more precisely.
- The document to have a spatial aspect, expressing a vision for development for England as a whole, recognising that different parts of the country will be affected differently by policy
Chief executive Trudi Elliott said: “The Government now has an opportunity to ensure that the national planning policy framework is a spatially expressed vision for development in England, so that people can see clearly and easily which areas are protected and which are priority areas for growth.
“We are also keenly aware of the need for sensible transitional arrangements, to ensure that the new system is brought in smoothly and efficiently and does not result in a sudden and disastrous halt to sustainable development.”