The Planning Officers Society is committed to making better places and making the planning system work to achieve this objective. It has today issued a short paper outlining changes which it believes can and should be made in the short term, without the need for primary legislation, to improve the effectiveness of the system.
Specific issues addressed in the paper include proportionality in the demand for LDF material, reducing bureaucracy, establishing effective targets, taking minor development out of the system and tackling climate change.
The Society has offered the Government, and also other interested organisations, public private or voluntary sector, who can identify with the same issues and want to work for improvement its expertise in taking forward this debate.
Graham Jones, President of the Society, in launching the paper at the Society’s Annual Seminar in London said “With this paper we are promoting a more positive planning system. We are particularly keen to start the debate at our meeting later this month with Yvette Cooper MP, Minister for Housing and Planning, and also sincerely hope that Kate Barker will take the issues raised into account in her review of the land use planning system”.