Striking a Visual Balance in Planning

Editor’s Note: Despite the vast attention paid to planning since the publication of the draft NPPF last summer, it remains difficult to form a visual picture of what good planning looks like in practice. For most people, it’s not until developments have been built that their visual impact and appropriateness to their settings becomes apparent.…

A Short Debate on Planning

With yesterday marking the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout Trespass, it seems appropriate that MPs spent the evening discussing the planning system that so greatly affects the relationship we all have with our own local places. But though yesterday’s debate had a distinctly localist focus, it was somewhat of a whistle-stop – with just…

Parliament to debate NPPF

It’s been nearly a month since the National Planning Policy Framework was published, and we, among others, were pleased that the final document was better than the draft – for more information on our position, visit our Planning for People website. There remain, however, some big questions about how the new system will work in…

Thank you

The dust has settled since the final National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March, to a broadly positive reception. We continue to scrutinise the small print, on the look out for technicalities and details which could cause problems, both for the places we are directly responsible for, but with a keen eye on…

Everyone a winner…?

It must be what every Minister dreams of – the publication of a document which secures contented noises from both supporters and dissenters. But this is the happy world that Greg Clark inhabits following the publication of the NPPF yesterday. The Government has been congratulated by business and development groups for having “stuck to its…

Planning to be proud of

A letter is published in today’s Times: Sir The Government’s proposals to reform the planning system will shortly be finalised. The Cabinet is reported to have debated the plans, and speculation as to the outcome is growing. It is dispiriting that, after so much discussion, the issue still seems to be defined largely by a…

Director-General to depart

But not until she has seen our Planning for People campaign through! A surprise to many people today, our Director-General, Dame Fiona Reynolds, has announced that she will be leaving the National Trust. Amid the various reactions to this news, we are pleased to point out that Fiona is likely to be around for the…

Much-needed nuance in the NPPF debate

We’ve starting the week with a helping of healthy debate on the government’s draft planning reforms (NPPF). This time, it comes in the form of a Redbrick blog post by Steve Hilditch, the self-proclaimed “place for progressive housing policy debate”. In ‘Octavia Hill cries wolf?‘ Steve gives his take on Ben Cowell‘s blog (our Assistant Director of…