The statement confirms that all planning appeal decisions should reflect the Government’s policy intention when introducing neighbourhood planning, which was to provide a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure they get the right types of development for their community, while also planning positively to support strategic development needs. The statement adds that particular scrutiny should be given to planning appeals in, or close to, neighbourhood plan areas to enable the secretary of state to consider the extent to which the Government’s intentions are being achieved on the ground.
To this end, it is proposed to amend the criteria for consideration of the recovery of planning appeals to include proposals for residential development of over 10 units in areas where a qualifying body has submitted a neighbourhood plan proposal to the local planning authority; or where a neighbourhood plan has been made.
For the avoidance of doubt, the statement adds that planning ‘recovery’ should not be confused with ‘call-in’ (where the original application decision is taken away from the council and made by Ministers). Recovery involves Ministers making appeal decisions that would otherwise be made by the Planning Inspectorate.
Date: 10th July 2014 Publication date
DCP link: This item updates DCP section 3.144