Planning for a Missed Opportunity?
Can't help feeling that now the dust has settled on the NPPF, what a missed opportunity it is. Having set out with bold intentions, in the usual process of politics and lobbying, seen many times before, Ministers have so watered down the document and its key message of growth, that it is difficult to see the original vision of a dynamic economy shining through. Of course, it is right for the usual list of constraints and provisos to be reflected in the guidance, we would expect nothing less, but almost every section bears the mark of opposing camps such that on each occasion, every point can be argued both ways. We will all have views and insights into what we feel are key parts of the Framework, what takes precedence, where is the right balance, but ultimately I fear the Framework lacks that decisive step change so many had hoped for.
Steve Fidgett – Managing Director, London