We want the government and other political groups to:
- Understand that the NPPF may not be working in the anticipated way. In particular, that the local voice is not being heard and that this is a cause of resentment, especially in rural communities.
- Recognise that there are serious short-comings to the definition of “sustainability” in current use and amend the NPPF and the guidance accordingly to give greater weight to heritage, ecology, transport and culture.
- Do more to ensure that development is preferred and prioritised on brownfield and city sites.
- Do more to protect green areas of special value to local areas.
- Amend the current 5 year supply definition and allow all permissions to be counted as part of this.
- Accept that the expectations for the production of Local Plans in the allotted time-scale were unrealistic and allow a further period of grace to those local authorities that are still struggling to achieve this.
- Seriously consider the short-comings of building-by-numbers.