The Practitioners Advisory Group (PAG ) has published a suggested draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the coalition’s proposed unified planning document. Environment groups have criticised it for not being sufficiently green.
Concern has been mooted by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation that the draft is inadequate in many quarters, and in particular that uncertainty will be spread through ‘the re-casting of sustainable development as a driver of growth’ rather than as a manager of it.
However, IHBC also highlighted the positive impact of heritage within the planning agenda, by noting that ‘the heritage sector should take real pride in the fact that heritage has been given such a high profile in this key document, and deservedly so. It reflects the ever-increasing awareness that our heritage can underpin the economic recovery. Whether as a catalyst for the economy, as a key to our future low carbon environment, or as the most publicly accessible resource for culture and tourism, our heritage today underpins our future well-being.’ The NPPF will effectively replace Planning Policy Statement 5. Read more