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Single-minded focus on 5 year land supply risks short termism

16 May 2014

A single-minded focus on having a five-year land supply threatens the sustainable development for places that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is designed to achieve, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute’s evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the operation of the NPPF.

An overly narrow focus runs the risk of missing the bigger and more important picture of planning holistically for the longer term.

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said: “The NPPF is a considerable achievement. But we are concerned that in its operation, the focus on one short-term criterion is frustrating the genuinely-held desire by Government for sustainable development. An overly narrow focus runs the risk of missing the bigger and more important picture of planning holistically for the longer term.”

In its evidence to the Select Committee, the RTPI calls on Government to: concentrate on coordinating Government departments to ensure growth; provide guidance to help councils established housing need; provide firmer arrangements for larger than local planning.

  • The RTPI’s evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee can be read here.

Additionally, the RTPI is a co-signatory to written evidence calling on the Government  to evaluate the operation and impact of the NPPF to ensure that any change is made based on evidence.