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…

Chancellor sets date to publish planning reforms

So there you have it. Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that the Government’s new planning policy (NPPF) will come “into effect when the National Planning Policy Framework is published next Tuesday” 27 March. As widely anticipated, he’s wrapped up these apparently sweeping reforms – described by Mr Osborne as “the biggest reduction in business red tape…

Getting global inspiration on planning

When Fiona Reynolds, our director-general, visited Canada last year she came back inspired by their holistic approach to planning and ‘smart growth’. So when we at Planning for People HQ happened upon Sarah Longlands’s recent article on The transformative power of planning we felt the same way about her global mission for “fresh thinking on…

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…

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…