Posted by: westlancashirerecord | July 25, 2018

Revised National Planning Policy Framework Applied In West Lancashire Already

The Agenda Items for the Planning Committee tomorrow are already affected by the new NPPF. The Director of Development and Regeneration  (Planning to you and me) has written in one case “Subsequent to the publication of the agenda the revised National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24th July by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It is a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications. I have taken into account the revised NPPF and am satisfied that it raises no further relevant matters than previously considered under the former NPPF (2012)”.

But in another case he writes “Subsequent to the publication of the agenda the revised National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24 July by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It is a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications. I have taken into account the revised NPPF and am satisfied that it raises no further relevant matters than previously considered under the former NPPF (2012). Paragraph 10.4 of the agenda report refers to paragraph 17 in the former NPPF. This reference is no longer relevant and paragraph 10.4 is revised to read as follows: 10.4 “Policy GN3 in the West Lancashire Local Plan 2012-27 seeks to ensure that developments provide a good standard of amenity for existing and future residents. I am satisfied that the development will provide suitable accommodation for future occupants of the application site without compromising the amenity of occupants of neighbouring properties”.

In another case he writes “The Revised National Planning Policy Framework was issued on 24 July 2018 subsequent to publishing the planning committee report. It now needs to be taken into account and given considerable weight during the decision making process. I have reviewed the proposed development in light of the revised NPPF and do not consider that it alters the recommendation given in the original Planning Committee Report, there are however some amendments that should be made to the report, these are as follows”. 

We might all be asking “what’s the rush?”


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