RIBA response to the CLG invite to comment on the beta website intended to host the new National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG)
In advance of the forthcoming NPPG which will sit alongside the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and replace all existing planning guidance, the RIBA has commented on the propsed web-based format and the content currently suggested by DCLG.
Broadly, we welcome the Government's approach to slim down the body of current guidance and make it more accessible and up to date. However, we have concerns over the dilution of some of the important detailed content that this new suite will look to replace. The web-based approach is welcome, but will need some refinement to achieve the potential a digital resource is cable of.
RIBA response to the CLG consultation on Greater Flexibilities for Change of Use
The RIBA has responded to the CLG consultation on greater flexibilities for change of use to express concern for the proposal that would establish permitted development rights for housing to replace shops and retail. We believe this has the potential to undermine the quality and diversity of traditional places of social and economic exchange such as High Streets, and would be an issue better dealt with through the local planning system.
RIBA response to the CLG consultation on the Taylor Review of Planning Guidance
The RIBA has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government's Consultation on the Taylor Review of Planning Guidance..
The RIBA supports the broad thrust of the Taylor Review recommendations and its ambition to create a clear considered and significantly rationalised suite of core planning guidance to underpin the delivery of the National Planning Policy Framework. The RIBA, along with other industry stakeholders such as Design Council Cabe and the Landscape Institute have called for strong design guidance to be produced and for an industry steering group to be set up to help shape and develop it.
RIBA response to CLG Consultation on information required for outline planning applications
The RIBA has responded to the Government’s consultation proposing to simplify and streamline nationally imposed information requirements relating to outline planning permission. This builds upon the intentions of the NPPF in that locally defined, and thus more proportionate, requirements would be more appropriate.
- In principle, the RIBA agrees that it is not necessary to mandate at a national level, the information requirements relating to indicative layout and scale, providing these matters are ‘reserved’ and will be dealt with comprehensively at a more appropriate point in the planning system; the award of full planning permission.
- We welcome a clear distinction between outline (an ‘in principle’ decision on development) and full planning permission (where the merits of a proposal are assessed on planning and design terms).
- As local authorities will be able to make their own judgment on the level of information requirements, we believe that this proposal would allow the potential for more flexible and proportionate requests.
- The RIBA does also feel that there would be merit in reviewing the content of Design and Access Statements, but given the important role that these documents play in assessing the design quality of development, any revision of content would demand careful consideration. We would welcome the opportunity to lead an investigation into the necessary content of these documents.
RIBA responde to CLG Consultation on Re-use of existing buildings
The RIBA has responded to the Government’s consultation proposing to modify permitted development rights in some specific situations.
- The RIBA agrees that it could be acceptable for agricultural buildings to have increased permitted development rights but we do not wholly agree with the Government’s proposed scope for this.
- We agree that the current size threshold for change of use could be increased in some instances, but again not we believe the Government’s proposals go too far.
- We agree that there should be permitted development rights to allow for the temporary use of buildings within certain, specified use classes for a range of other uses.
- The RIBA does not agree that there should be permitted development rights to allow hotels to change to residential use without the need for planning permission.
RIBA responds to the draft National Planning Policy Framework
The RIBA has welcomed the draft National Planning Policy Framework and in particular its strong emphasis on the importance of good design.
The RIBA has proposed a series of amendments to the Framework to ensure design quality is not compromised. The proposed amendments are to the housing, climate change and renewable and low carbon energy delivery, and the historic environment sections.
The main concern highlighted by the RIBA is that a lack of resource, capacity and expertise will undermine the ability of local authorities (and neighbourhoods) to produce strong and coherent plans in time for the introduction of the NPPF. The RIBA has called on the Government to make arrangements for a smooth transition to the new planning system.
RIBA response to CLG Select Committee on localism
The RIBA identifies strategic planning with cross-boundary impacts as one of the issues to be addressed in decentralisation.
RIBA response to CLG Select Committee on the abolition of regional spatial strategies
The RIBA welcomes the coalition government’s focus on local communities and the decision to put them at the heart of planning decisions. However, suggests that the abolition of regional spatial strategies requires some new policy initiatives to ensure housing and other essential developments are delivered.
RIBA response to Conservative paper 'Open Source Planning'
The RIBA welcomes many of the proposals outlined within the Conservative Green Paper and its intent to give local people a greater say, but do have some concerns over the practical implementation, and implications of particular aspects of the paper.
RIBA response to CLG consultation on the discharge of conditions
This consultation addresses recommendations from the Killian Pretty review of planning applications. The RIBA is largely supportive of the recommendations outlined in the consultation but suggests that the timescale for conditions could be shortened.
RIBA response to CLG consultation on improving engagement of statutory and non-statutory consultees
This consultation addresses recommendations from the Killian Pretty review of planning applications. The RIBA largely supports the recommendations but suggests there should be a deemed approval if no response from consultees is recieved after the allowed time period.
RIBA response to consultation on PPS 15 (Planning for the Historic Environment)
The new PPS brings together former PPG 5 and PPG 6. The RIBA welcomed the update and the underlying principles behind the draft. The RIBA was concerned, however, that there was some lack of clarity and precision as well as an insufficient emphasis on proportionality.
RIBA response to consultation on extending planning permissions
The Government consulted on recommendations from the Killian Pretty review including extending existing planning permissions.
Planning Act 2008
The Planning Act 2008 established the Infrastructure Planning Commission, created the Community Infrastructure Levy and made some amendments to existing planning legislation. Through lobbying by the RIBA Local Authorities now have a duty to consider design quality.
RIBA response to the Killian Pretty review of planning applications
The RIBA has responded to the Killian-Pretty review of planning applications, calling for simpler rules for small-scale development and encouraging the role of local design review panels. The review has been jointly commissioned by Communities and Local Government and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Departments.