UPDATED 15th December 2010
POS has published five of its intended ten papers in the portfolio of advice notes under the banner of the Future of Planning.
Stephen Tapper, President of the Society said "Since the election back in May, the Society has made a huge effort to engage with ministers, civil servants, and other professional bodies and associations, in order to make practical sense of the many changes that are proposed in the name of Localism."
In the wake of the Coalition Government's announcement that little or no guidance is to be issued centrally, in line with its localism agenda, the Society is is planning to offer direct advice to local authoritoes, and at the same time attempt to influence the Government's emerging thinking.
The POS Future of Planning portfolio comprises (published papers are shown in bold type):
the Future of Planning - an overarching paper that will relate the planning process to the localism agenda and signpost the separate papers that have been/are being prepared.
Planning post RSS revocation - an advice note
- decentralised strategic guidance to show how authorities might go about setting their own housing targets; develop appropriate and relevant plans which achieve and can demonstrate coherence with the plans and strategies of adjacent authorities; and highlight other implications of the Government's statements on its intentions for the plan-making system.
shared services - drawing upon the experiences of authorities that have already progressed along this route to create guidance that will leave managers better equipped to successfully share planning services.
- Local Tariffs - a way forward - POS has been particularly concerned that LPAs should have sound and sensible guidance on implementing new national procedures, learning the lessons from the difficulties encountered in the introduction of the LDF processes
- community engagement - existing good practice and prospects for such activity in pursuit of localism
- Neighbourhood Planning - a core element of localism in planning is the preparation of plans for neighbourhoods by the people and businesses that reside there. Such plans would acquire the status of local development documents. This paper outlines how this may be done, highlighting existing good practice, and some of the issues that will need to be addressed in a new regime.
- sustainable development - what constitutes "sustainable development" in the context of it having a statutory definition and there to be a presumption in favour of it when making decisions in a local context; what incentives for "sustainable development" might comprise, and what the implications are of 'rewards' .
Pre Planning Application Consultation Best Practice
- POS welcomes a compulsory pre-application consultation for proposals above a certain threshold, as authorities should be undertaking this style of approach in any event. POS has drafted a fresh good practice advice note.
- planning appeals - third party appeals and of local member involvement in appeal decisions both have pros and cons.
- Planning for Schools - POS applauds any changes that would give rise to more well located and properly funded and managed schools; however, we do not subscribe to the Government's proposals in so far as they affect the good planning