Boris Johnson calls for NPPF changes

London mayor Boris Johnson has warned ministers that the draft national planning policy framework (NPPF) is too focused on economic development.

London mayor Boris Johnson
London mayor Boris Johnson
Referring to the controversial "presumption in favour of sustainable development", which could see development which is in line with national policy approved where local plans are "absent, silent, indeterminate or where relevant policies are out of date", Johnson said: "There are parts of the document where it appears the concept relates to economic development only."

The comment is contained in the mayor’s response to the government’s consultation on the planning framework.

While broadly supportive of the government’s proposals, Johnson suggested an alternative drafting of the section on sustainable development and called for greater reliance on social and environmental evidence.

Referring to the government’s three-stranded definition of sustainable development, comprising social, environmental and economic aims, the mayor’s response said: "There are some issues that are of over-arching importance to all three strands of sustainable development, which ought to be highlighted at the start of the document.

"These include climate change and the drive towards a low carbon economy, which has environmental, economic and social aspects."

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