Government extends NPPF consultation timetable

The government has extended a consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) following concerns that the previous consultation period was too short.

Parliament: NPPF changes on the way (pic UK Parliament via Flickr)
Parliament: NPPF changes on the way (pic UK Parliament via Flickr)

Earlier this month, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published the consultation, which set out its thinking on a range of planning policy proposals, including the proposed housing delivery test intended to ensure town halls deliver the homes set out in their local plans.

In a letter to the communities secretary Greg Clark, the communities and local government select committee chair Clive Betts called for the consultation, which was meant to run until 25 January 2016, to be extended by a month.

Betts said that many of the consultation proposals "affect significant issues of public policy, which should be the subject of informed debate".

Earlier today, the committee took to twitter to announce that the consultation had now been extended.

It said: "DLCG to extend #NPPF consultation to 22 February, as requested by @CommonsCLG".

A statement on the committee's website also said that its deadline for the submission of written evidence for its inquiry into the proposed NPPF changes would be "likely to be extended as a result of the extension of the Department's consultation". 

A spokesman for DCLG said: "This government wants to deliver the homes this country needs to ensure anyone who works hard and aspires to own their own home, has the opportunity to do so.

"We are always willing to listen to a wide range of views and have decided to extend the consultation period to take account of the select committee’s inquiry."

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