29 March 2012
The new, simplified planning framework for England was published this week
by Planning Minister Greg Clark. The new 50 page document, which replaces over 1,300 pages of inherited policy
in 44 separate documents delivers on the Coalition Agreement's commitment to ‘publish and present to Parliament
a simple and consolidated national planning framework covering all forms of development and setting out
national economic, environmental and social priorities’ by April 2012.
The new Framework has been produced following an extensive consultation with Parliament and the public and
comes into force with immediate effect for plan-making and decisions.
Mr Clark said ‘The new Framework has been strengthened by the responses to the consultation. We have confirmed
the core reforms, sharpened the definition of the policies, and emphasised the essential balance that the
planning system must achieve.
‘These reforms will help build the homes the next generation needs, it will let businesses expand and create
jobs, and it will conserve what we hold dear in our matchless countryside and the fabric of our history.’
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