For those in planning, the wait for the Localism Bill has felt endless, but on Monday it finally arrived. However, given the amount of speculation over the bill, it held few surprises.
This is only the first tranche of localism legislation proposed by the government.
In February, it is expected to start consulting on the new National Planning Framework, which it anticipates will replace the regime of planning policy statements and planning policy guidance notes.
Decentralisation minister Greg Clark says the current planning policies “are longer than the collected works of Shakespeare and a lot less readable”.
Matt Thomson, head of policy and practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute, welcomes simplification of the system because it should reduce repetition and conflict.
He says it is also good news that the government intends to implement the framework in April 2012, which will provide plenty of time for consultation.
Mike Gallimore, planning partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, is concerned that the framework could be too simple because the government wants to make central planning guidance much shorter.
“This is likely to amount to statements of the obvious, where the amount of top-down guidance trickling down is very light indeed,” he says. For example, axing national policies on greenbelt development could lead to inconsistent policies across the country.omega replica - http://www.clend.net
What’s being replaced
The National Planning Framework would replace the following planning policy statements and planning policy guidance documents:
PPS1 Delivering Sustainable Development
PPS1 supplement: Planning and Climate Change
PPS1 supplement: eco-towns
PPG2 Green Belts
PPS4 Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth
PPS5 Planning for the Historic Environment
PPS7 Sustainable Development in Rural Areas
PPS9 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation
PPS10 Planning for Sustainable Waste Management
PPS12 Local Spatial Planning
PPG14 Development on Unstable Land
PPG17 Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation
PPG18 Enforcing Planning Control
PPG19 Outdoor Advertisement Control
PPG20 Coastal Planning
PPS22 Renewable Energy
PPS23 Planning and Pollution Control
PPG24 Planning and Noise
PPS25 Development and Flood Risk
PPS25 supplement Development and Coastal Change
Source: Communities and Local Government