CLA says National Planning Policy Framework is 'better than expected'.

The CLA has said the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published by the Government is 'better than expected' for rural areas.  However it went on to say that the framework still needs to support the need for a prosperous and 'broader' rural economy, with housing development across all rural settlements to enable people to both work and live in the countryside.

The Association said it was pleased to see more support for a prosperous rural economy but that the NPPF must encourage a broader economy if rural areas are to meet their full potential for economic growth.

CLA president William Worsley said: “We welcome the rebalancing in this draft NPPF to introduce the presumption in favour of sustainable development. The economic pillar of sustainable development appears to be back at the table along with the social and environmental pillars.

“However, we do not want to see national planning policies for local designation of green space undo all the Government’s good work for the rural economy. We hope the future NPPF will make improvements to the natural environment for the good of the rural economy.”

The CLA president said he was concerned about the housing and heritage chapters in the draft NPPF.

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