Planning Update - April 2014
In this planning alert we look at:
Published 15 April 2014
The Commons Select Committee has announced an inquiry into the first two years of operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Committee specifically wants to hear about the impact of the framework on:
The Committee is inviting submissions on how the NPPF has worked in practice since it came into operation in April 2012. If you would like to feedback your experiences to the Committee, written submissions are requested in accordance with the Committee's guidelines by 5pm on Thursday, 8 May.
In parallel with the NPPF review, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced a review of environmental legislation, as Phase 2 of its smarter regulation initiative. The review will initially focus on the three industry sectors of:
It plans then to test its findings on other sectors.
DEFRA is calling the review "a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set a clearer direction for environmental legislation". Only options that will meet all of the following five objectives will be considered:
DEFRA acknowledges that success will be dependent on significant input from stakeholders and practitioners and says the Panel will look for all available opportunities to draw on stakeholders’ experience and expertise. If you have any comments, views or ideas on how environmental legislation is working for or against you, you can contact the Smarter Environmental Regulation Review team direct at SERR@defra.gsi.gov.uk.