South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

Comment ID 1699
Document Section South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Introduction Purpose of this document Text Block View all on this section
Respondent Gladman (John Fleming) View all by this respondent
Response Date 17 Sep 2019

On 24th July 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published the Revised National Planning Policy Framework which was subsequently updated in February 2019. These publications form the first revisions of the Framework since 2012 and implement changes that have been informed through the Housing White Paper, The Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places consultation and the draft Revised Framework consultation. It is noted that figure 1.2 of the Plan illustrates a flowchart which appears to be based on the 2012 NPPF. This will need to be updated to reflect the requirements of NPPF2019 which the Plan will be tested against.

The revised Framework (2019) introduces a number of major changes to national policy and provides further clarification to national planning policy as well as new measures on a range of matters. Crucially, the changes to national policy reaffirm the Government’s commitment to ensuring up-to-date plans are in place which provide a positive vision for the areas which they are responsible for to address the housing, economic, social and environmental priorities to help shape future local communities for future generations. In particular, paragraph 16 of the Revised Framework (2019) states that Plans should:

  1. a) Be prepared with the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development;
  2. b) Be prepared positively, in a way that is aspirational but deliverable;
  3. c) Be shaped by early, proportionate and effective engagement between plan-makers and communities, local organisations, businesses, infrastructure providers and operators and statutory consultees;
  4. d) Contain policies that are clearly written and unambiguous, so it is evident how a decision maker should react to development proposals;
  5. e) Be accessible through the use of digital tools to assist public involvement and policy presentation; and
  6. f) Serve a clear purpose, avoiding unnecessary duplication of policies that apply to a particular area (including policies in this Framework, where relevant).