The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes and supports many findings of the parliamentary select committee for Communities and Local Government on planning.
Responding to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), NALC chairman, Cllr Ken Browse, said: “I welcome the select committee report, in particular the recommendation that principal councils must move more quickly to get an adopted plan in place as this will help communities prevent unwanted and unsuitable development in their area and stop inappropriate housing as a result of speculative planning applications.
“The report also highlights the failure of the current Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL) regime, an issue we have raised with the Government, with the Committee ‘concerned that parish and town councils might not receive infrastructure funding when the principal authority has decided not to charge CIL, particularly acute in neighbourhood planning areas’.
“As set out in our manifesto we will continue to ensure communities benefit from development through stronger measures to provide local councils with a share of CiL and New Homes Bonus and for a stronger role in the planning system, including a statutory ‘right to be consulted’ and ‘right of planning appeal’.”
Read more on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee
Read more on the Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework Report by the Select Committee
Read written evidence given by NALC to the Select Committee on NPPF
View oral evidence from Cllr Ken Browse, Chair of NALC to the Select Committee on NPPF