Thursday, February 21, 2013

People get a voice in the planning

In the past, if the public will complain about the new development options are limited. However, two recent pieces of reform aims to change. Legislation localism and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) are both designed to provide more power to the people when it comes to developer gets planning approval for the new scheme. As it stands, some significant weaknesses in the planning system. Planning does not give members of the public enough influence over decisions that make a big difference in their lives. Too often, electricity is carried out by people who are not directly affected by the decision. This means that people often resent what they see as decisions and plans foisted on them. The result is a confrontational and adversarial system. With that in mind, as the plan sounds good in theory, can ever really work in practice? Localism Act gives new rights for communities to draw 'the development plan'. Environmental Planning will allow the community to come together through a local parish council or neighborhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go. They have the power to grant planning permission, which should make development faster. . To support people in achieving the goal after NPPF is released, meaning developers now have to appoint a successful community focused approach. It is not enough for the developer to show how many people have managed to communicate with. They are now expected to develop a full and robust procedures in relation to the community, to ensure pro-active and respond to capture the views of all consult. With more power in the hands of the people, the developers have to do more than just go through the motions to assure the development of the space they deserve in society at all. There is no set and fast formula for how I play localism but one thing is for sure, there will be a lot more people's opinion on the factors in the decision. Bradley O'Mahoney generating efficiencies throughout the North East held a seminar on the Law of localism and Community Interaction on Tuesday, June 26. For more information please contact Leanne at leanne@cene.org.uk McAngus Daniel O'Mahoney, Newcastle-based Bradley O'Mahoney Public Relations

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