Can planning be led by economic demand? The government’s consultation document Planning Policy Statement 4 (PPS4) seeks to move economic consideration up the planning agenda. Has it hit the mark? BHEP has submitted a formal response.
PPS4 is largely a mopping up exercise from the Barker Review of Land Use Planning. It is disappointing because it seems to be aimed more at the poorer regions of the north of the country struggling to kick start economic development rather than the south struggling with the tensions that can be created when trying to reconcile economic and environmental demands.
Nevertheless it appears genuine in its desire to move economic considerations up the planning agenda and it places an emphasis on evidence to support decisions that will lead to greater flexibility.
It also recognises that economic development does not respect local authority boundaries but it needs to place greater emphasis on the need for collaborative working that this will will engender.
Click here to download BHEP response to PPS4 consultation
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