The government’s revised national planning policy framework (NPPF) has been slammed for failing to protect logistics land from housing development.
The revised document, the first revision of the plan since it was introduced in 2012, has generally been welcomed – but has attracted serious criticism for the way it balances employment land and housing need.
Ian Fletcher, Director of Real Estate Policy at the British Property Federation said: “It is unfortunate that the NPPF doesn’t give more impetus to sustainable economic growth, and the policies required to allow businesses to invest, expand and adapt. “
“The Government must not neglect industrial development in favour of building housing. The NPPF refers to different sector needs, including ensuring provision for storage and distribution, but it doesn’t go far enough to protect key sites, strategically located fronting principal roads or at major junctions.
“While the pressure is on many local authorities to increase their housing figures, a balanced approach to planning is imperative. Local authorities must recognise the vital role that the industrial and logistics sectors play in creating jobs within the community, and in supporting businesses’ aspirations for growth and ability to deliver products to consumers more quickly.”
In its response to an earlier draft of the NPPF, also published today, the government said it had struck the right balance between housing and economic need, and added: “The final Framework includes an expanded paragraph to explain how both planning policies and decisions should recognise and address the specific locational requirements of different sectors, including distribution.”
The NPPF can be found on the link below.