Warning over local plans

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THE Campaign to Protect Rural England is warning local authorities to make sure their local plans are not out of date.

At a meeting of the Hampshire group’s planning and policy group, members raised concerns that if local authorities’ plans are out of date they will be ignored by an inspector at an appeal, leaving developers with the upper hand on proposed applications.

In the case of an out-of-date local plan, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is the only policy that an inspector could take into account.

The NPPF hit headlines earlier this year when the National Trust, CPRE and other environmental groups proved to policy-makers that it would not sufficiently protect England’s natural environment.

As a result, the final framework was reworded and local councils need to make sure policies matches the guidance.