One of the first acts of the Coalition was an announcement that national planning policy would be reduced from in excess of 1,000 pages to just 50. This new document, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), requires councils to have a local plan (or core strategy) or to accept development where it was considered sustainable.
Unfortunately, in Stratford we were behind delivering our core strategy which meant that planning decisions became dominated by the NPPF rather than our own local plan.
As the representative for the people of Stratford, I lobbied the Government on individual planning decisions taken by the Secretary of State (such as the Shottery decision) and even called the Planning Minister to the House of Commons chamber to account for his decision.
I also lobbied the government to change the NPPF to ensure that rapacious developers aren't able to exploit loopholes in the document to obtain planning permission on unsuitable sites. I was delighted when the government announced it was making changes to the guidance that accompanies the NPPF. Amongst other changes, these will:
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