Lords discusses planning policy support and sustainable communities

Published on Thursday, 13 October 2011 10:34
Posted by Scott Buckler

The House of Lords will discuss whether the Government’s planning policy supports sustainable communities in a debate on its draft National Planning Policy Framework this morning (Thursday 13 October)


Members of the Lords expected to take part include a former chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, architects, as well as former government ministers.

Lord Rooker (Labour Independent), who tabled and will open the debate, said:

‘I completely support sustainable development and have read the draft National Planning Policy Framework with interest.

‘Sustainable development means transport, schools, jobs and housing – in a nutshell, building sustainable communities.  We must build homes that people want to live in and cities where people are happy to work and play.  But this development must be controlled and we should be prudent in how we use the land that is available to us.

‘The key to creating well-designed, safe and pleasant environments is planning, something that we need to think about very carefully.  I hope this debate will draw attention to the need to look at the draft policy framework in detail and make sure that growth is driven as a policy rather than leaving sustainability issues to local decision makers.’

Source: Parliament UK

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