Iceni Projects’ Ian Anderson comments on revised NPPF

25 Jul 18 | Ian Anderson

The test of whether we finally crack the housing crisis through this NPPF will be in the individual interpretations and applications at a local level.

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Responding to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework, Ian Anderson, chief executive of Iceni Projects said:

“Unsurprisingly, there hasn’t been a seismic shift between the draft and the final published version of the NPPF, just a few sops to show the Government is listening, like the reintroduction of Garden Cities principles. As expected, housing delivery is at the heart of this document. But anyone expecting the NPPF to be the silver bullet to tackle the long-standing housing crisis is going to be disappointed.

“We await the Letwin Review recommendations, which will be critical on the measures for how the gap between permissions and completions is closed and what powers will be given to local authorities to push build out. And thorny issues such as Green Belt release have merely been made harder on the grounds of political posturing  rather than better planning. The Government has also distanced itself from a desperately needed comprehensive national Green Belt review for the same reasons.

“Ultimately, the test of whether we finally crack the housing crisis through this NPPF will be in the individual interpretations and applications at a local level. At least its publication stops the speculation but it remains to be seen whether it will make a meaningful difference to developers and communities.”

Ian Anderson Chief Executive
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