The LG Group (LGA) and POS have submitted a joint response to the Government.
LG Group and POS support the government's high level ambition to increase the numbers of well located properly funded and managed schools. We would remind government that the planning system currently plays a valuable role in ensuring schools are appropriately located and meet community needs without undue disturbance to the local neighbourhood. Moreover, we cannot find any evidence that planning authorities are using the planning system to frustrate Government policy for education. Indeed, instead of creating obstacles the feedback we have received from school developers is the planning system is a useful design review process for thinking through the deliverability of their projects. Indeed an effective planning system would ensure those promoting educational uses address early on potential issues and not face the risks of action once operating.
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