Society flags localist roles

The Planning Officers Society has tackled neighbourhood planning in its latest Future of Planning paper.

The paper covers the new planning system, defining neighbourhoods, the role of the local planning authority, the evidence base and planning constraints.

"The society places high importance on local planmaking. It believes that it is absolutely necessary that planning reform builds on the good practice already out there, avoids creating unnecessary additional cost, duplication or wasted effort and includes local people," said spokesman John Silvester.

The paper's principal author, the society's president Stephen Tapper, stressed: "A core element of localism in planning is the preparation of plans for neighbourhoods by the people and businesses there."

He added: "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 tackled in a new regime."

The paper is available at

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