In total there were 13,700 responses to the NPPF consultation. Local authorities are very concerned about the proposed changes to national planning policy. Main issues include the definition of sustainable development, the lack of emphasis on reusing brownfield land and the need for appropriate transitional arrangements to ensure a smooth shift to any new system.
The Environmental Audit Committee and the Communities & Local Government Committee have undertaken linked but separate inquiries on the draft NPPF. The Environmental Audit Committee has since written to the CLG highlighting the concerns (above) and had also suggested the scale of change needed to the document requires a futher round of public consultation once an improved draft is produced by Government (although this is unlikely) and that The House should also be given an opportunity to vote on the NPPF. The report is expected to be published on Wednesday 21 December 2011. Find out more