Brandy Island needs saving from development – an early test for NPPF

We’re backing a campaign to oppose the development of a marina at one of the most tranquil and unspoilt stretches of the River Thames. The idyllic setting of Brandy Island, near the village of Buscot in Oxfordshire on the River Thames National Trail, is hugely popular with walkers and local people who visit the area…

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…