Thursday, 21 January 2016

The NPPF proposed changes got a new angle added today...

I mentioned in passing, but didn't specifically comment on, the strengthening of the 'presumption in favour of brownfield land' that would be included (with its caveat of overriding conflicts with the Local Plan or National Planning Policy that cannot be mitigated). 

Anyone got a large garden in the countryside?  Well if you have, following on from today's High Court judgement, you own some land that, being outside of “built-up areas” is brownfield land.   Paragraph 111 of the NPPF says that brownfield land is where development ought to be prioritised, and the proposed changes could make this an even more forceful argument.

Sound like sustainable development to you?  Sometimes I think I must be living in a comedy sketch - you couldn't make it up!