What a difference a word makes

7 Mar

Boles launches “Planning Practice Guidance”

Planning Minister, Nick Boles MP has launched the Government’s finalised online resource of planning guidance which has been updated and streamlined. It follows a review by Lord Taylor in 2012 and the launch of a beta version of the website last year and cancels a range of previous planning guidance.

The new guidance helps to deal with “brownfield first” by re-stating the desirability of re-using brownfield land and urging planning authorities to reduce the costs of doing so, for instance when setting the Community Infrastructure Levy. It also says that planning authorities should work with “interested parties, for example Local Enterprise Partnerships”, to promote the redevelopment of brownfield sites. All of this is a helpful push back towards a brownfield first policy.

Did you see what he has done there “desirability”, “guidance” – not orders, not laws, just suggestions.  And do you expect a council with no 5 year land supply to be able to (or want to?) “suggest” to developers that they develop lower value brownfield sites rather the rather lovely sites they have elsewhere?


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