In response to the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Austen Reid, Group Development Director for Clarion Housing Group, said:
“We welcome the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and are encouraged by its focus on what is considered efficient use of land to strike a balance between building the homes we need, while ensuring homes and neighbourhoods are of a high quality and fit the needs of the community".
“We are also supportive of the Government’s plans to make greater use of brownfield land for housing in the Green Belt. We understand the importance of protecting the Green Belt, but some parts of it are of poor environmental quality. We would like to see a careful reassessment of disused Green Belt land, particularly areas that are close to national public transport where affordable housing should be the priority."
“However, we are disappointed that the Government has removed its commitment to the Garden City Principles. Like other organisations, such as the Town and Country Planning Association, we believe the Garden City Principles support the creation of beautiful places and genuinely affordable homes, while being underpinned by a financial model that enables fast delivery and sustainable communities. Our plans for Mayfield in Sussex - a new market town with homes for rent and sale at scale catering for all age groups across all price points – are based on the Principles, and we therefore urge the Government to re-instate its commitment.”