Director General at CBI
Post date: Tuesday, 27th March 2012
The CBI has commented on the publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Future generations will be thankful that the government has held its nerve on this.
Having a presumption in favour of sustainable development gets the balance right between supporting jobs and growth, and serving the interests of the environment and society.
The new framework hands the responsibility back to local communities to decide where new homes, businesses and infrastructure to support them should be built.
So the onus is on local authorities to work with people and businesses in their area to develop suitable plans as quickly as possible.
Let’s be clear, this is not an invitation to concrete over Britain, as some would have us believe.
For too long, our planning regime acted as a drag on growth, and this framework lets people decide the future for themselves.