Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

National Context

1.20 At the national level, the Government sets out the planning policy approach to development that Councils should follow in preparing their plans in a series of national "Planning Policy Guidance Notes" and "Planning Policy Statements". These cover a broad range of planning-related topics such as housing, transport, climate change, flood risk, biodiversity and geological conservation, town centres, sustainable development in rural areas and economic prosperity.[1]

1.21 The "Communities and Local Government" department within central government is aiming to create thriving, sustainable, vibrant communities that improve everyone's quality of life. To achieve this, it is driving forward a programme of building more and better homes, reducing homelessness, improving local public services, regenerating areas to create more jobs, working to produce a sustainable environment and tackling anti-social behaviour and extremism. The Government is particularly keen that local communities shape local development.

1. Full details of national planning policy can be found at www.communities.gov.uk, the Communities and Local Government website [back]