This report from the LGiU, in association with the National Trust, considers whether the National Planning Policy Framework is delivering planning solutions that reflect the needs and concerns of local communities.
The LGiU surveyed senior local government politicians and officials in 94 Local Planning Authorities and found that 60 per cent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree that the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has had a positive impact on their ability to deliver a Local Plan that reflects local needs and priorities.
Respondents expressed concern that the Planning Inspectorate, through the examination process, is prioritising development over the views of local people. The research found that housing land availability was the most common reason for Local Plans being rejected. In contrast, the research found that communities are most concerned about protection of the natural environment.