Planning for employment in the NPPF

11 Oct 18 | Nick Ireland

Within the new Framework what we got is ‘tweaks’ rather than a much-needed fundamental overhaul of employment land use.

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After six years we have just seen the publication of a new National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF).

Debate and discussion about the revisions to the NPPF have focused on housing delivery, as reflection of the national political agenda. What we have lost is any significant discussion about our employment space requirements. I would argue that in post-Brexit Britain planning for our economic needs has to be a priority too.

Within the new Framework what we got is ‘tweaks’ rather than a much-needed fundamental overhaul of employment land use. Our economy is changing and business needs are evolving, yet in draft Planning Practice Guidance, there is not the comprehensive revision of the approach to assessing employment land needs that is desperately required. Take a look at key trends across various sectors and industries.

Increasingly office occupiers are moving towards more flexible formats – look at the growth of shared workspaces and the use of agile working to maximise the efficient use of more expensive work spaces.

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