MPs are calling on the government to rewrite its draft NPPF, removing the default "yes" to development. The Commons communities committee said in its report that the government had slimmed down guidance so much it was now often "unhelpfully vague". Planning Minister Greg Clark said he would carefully consider the findings.
"We welcome the fact that many of the comments raised by the Society in its submissions to the Select Committee have been taken on board" said John Silvester, Spokesperson for POS. "We are ready and willing to work with the Government to amplify and clarify the Framework, particularly with the preparation of supplementary guidance" Silvester added.
The Select Committee Report says: "The Government has set great store by the brevity and simplicity of the NPPF, but in its current form the draft NPPF does not necessarily achieve clarity by virtue of its brevity. There are many examples of inconsistent drafting which need addressing. The significant gaps in planning policy and guidance could lead to a huge expansion in the size of Local Plans as local authorities attempt to plug the gap. There is a danger that, far from speeding up the planning process, in the short term the NPPF will slow it down by introducing ambiguity where previously there was detailed guidance-'planning by appeal' could be the outcome."
See the full chronology of the Society's respones