Mike Kiely, POS Chair, commenting on the recent Brownfield Land consulation to a Planning reporter indicated that POS fully supports the principle of providing housing on brownfield land, but would urge the government to think carefully before introducing additional burdens on LPAs or monitoring success of this measure based on meeting arbitrary targets which take no account of local development conditions.
Sara Whelan, POS POlicy Officer, suggested "At this early stage in the consultation we would point out that it is important for planning permissions to actually be delivered by developers, as well as encouraging LPAs to grant permission or designate LDOs on brownfield land. It is likely that many brownfield sites which are capable of being developed for housing, free from constraints and deliverable in terms of ownership etc, are already designated as housing sites in Local Plans."
Kiely added "Where these sites are not coming forward government should look at strengthening the tools at the disposal of local planning authorities to give effect to the "use it or lose it" rhetoric rather than the measures set out n this consultation. It is difficult to see how these measure are commensurate with the overall thrust of the NPPF in terms of sustainable development and high standards of design in developments."
Mike Kiely Sara Whelan