BEYOND THE GREEN PAPER
The following checklist summarises the National
Trust's views on the next steps that the Government should take
in planning policy reform:
1. Introduce a statutory purpose for planning
which embraces its roles as
A contributor to sustainable development.
A manager of land use change and
development in the public interest.
A means of securing public participation
in and ownership for land use change and development.
2. Introduce more detailed Local Development
Plans along the lines of the Welsh model, which include proposals
maps and retain the right to be heard at a local inquiry.
3. Require the preparation of sub-regional
or county plans for all parts of the country.
4. Retain a statutory role for county councils
in forward planning at a regional, sub-regional and local level.
5. Overhaul proposals for Parliamentary
scrutiny of major development projects by:
Drastically reducing the range of
development projects considered eligible under the new procedures
so that the number considered is no more than 2-3 per year.
Significantly expanding the capacity
of Parliament to scrutinise major developments.
Using a Parliamentary debate over
the national policy statement (eg White Paper) regarding the need
for development as an alternative to Parliamentary scrutiny of
the location of development proposals.
Extending the scope for a local inquiry
Inspector to require the Government/Parliament to reconsider the
need for development if local scrutiny raises issues of more than
6. Provide a step change in the public resources
for land use planning in the next Spending Review linked to clear
performance measures covering policy outputs, public participation
and efficiency of process.
7. Develop action plans for raising the
planning skills base and enhancing community capacity to engage
8. Introduce a limited third party right
9. Confirm Regional Spatial Strategies as
the lead regional policy document over the Regional Economic Strategy.
10. Withdraw proposals for Business Planning
Zones in each region.
11. Retain statutory consultee for Non Departmental
Public Bodies giving policy advice and make it a statutory function
with sufficient resources.
12. Enhance the role of parish councils,
including by making provision for supply them with copies of planning
applications on request.
13. Rapidly implement proposals for:
Reducing the validity of planning
consent from five to three years.
Outlawing twintracking and duplicate
Reducing the time period for making
an appeal from 6 to 3 months.
Addressing excessive charging for
photocopying and documentswhich need to be reviewed after
two years to address whether statutory measures are needed.
Reviewing the enforcement regime.
Requiring a statement of community
involvement to improve plan making and development control.
Encouraging pre-application discussionwhich
needs to include measures to show how community views have shaped
Giving reasons for decisions to approve
application and not to call them in.
Removing Crown exemption.
14. Simplify the series of national planning
policy guidance (PPGs) to separate policy from practice, establish
desired outcomes from the planning process and provide adequate
guidance on urban renaissance, quality & design, resource
management, local character, cumulative impact and sustainable
15. Replace the proposals for tariff-based
planning obligations with measures that would establish requirements
in development plan policies.