The Government has just published its draft National Planning Policy Framework for consultation.
The draft sets out the guiding principles for planning and economic development which will fundamentally shape the future of East Devon. It has worked to condense over a thousand pages of Planning Policies into just 52, and define the relationship between Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans.
Planning Minister Greg Clark in his forward states;
“The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development”
“Sustainable means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse lives for future generations, Development means growth….”
“Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption in favour of sustainable development that is the basis for every plan, and every decision“.
His draft includes policies for our natural and historic environment and design standards.
Our Local Plan team…
Cllr Mike Allen, Chair of the East Devon LDF Panel, which will now take on responsibility for the Local Plan, stressed the importance of the draft National Planning Policy Framework;
“The National Planning Policy Framework is probably the most important document of its type in the 21st Century to date. Its relationship with the East Devon Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans will determine the future shape of East Devon. Together, they will form the basis for deciding all future Planning Applications”
“I am writing to all of our Parish and Town Councils to ask that they help us ensure that Local Communities are aware of the draft National Planning Policy Framework and its implications for our Local Plan”
“We meet at 2.00pm on Tuesday 2nd August at the Knowle. This meeting will include initial details of how we intend to produce our response to the draft NPPF. I am looking to increase the frequency of Panel meetings to ensure we can reach the highest quality plan as quickly as possible. The next meeting is on 16th August. Our meetings are open to the press and public.”
Time for Action…Time to be seen…
Cllr Ian Thomas, Cabinet Member for Communications and Consultation at EDDC, said;
“I urge everyone to take the time to read this crucially important Government document. We must ensure that all our individual views are expressed both through our Parish Councils and direct to the East Devon District Council through Ward Members and the Local Plan panel.”
“It is essential for East Devon that we support our Panel Members who want to engage in meaningful, participative consultation with Parish Councils, local groups, individual residents and businesses. Together we must shape, and document clearly, a Local Plan articulating our shared vision of the future for East Devon”
“We must act quickly and effectively, recognising the real importance of ensuring that our Local Plan for East Devon is adopted. This will remove any potential threat of appeal against a planning refusal, on the grounds that a Local Plan is absent, silent, indeterminate, or where relevant policies are out of date”
Consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework will close on 17th October 2011.