A major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework has been launched
A major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework, the first in 6 years, has been launched today providing a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils to build more homes, more quickly, in the places people want to live. Councils and developers will now be required to work with community groups to ensure those affected by new developments will have a say on how they look and feel.
The Revised National Planning Policy draft text is open to consultation until 23:45 on 10 May 2018. You can view the documents and take part in the consulation here.
Section 105 (f) of the draft text recognises the need to consider General Aviation:
"105. Planning policies should:
f) recognise the importance of maintaining a national network of general aviation facilities – taking into account their economic value in serving business, leisure, training and emergency service needs , and the Government’s General Aviation Strategy (Department for Transport (2015) General Aviation Strategy)."
Sections 200 and 201 provide some protection for General Aviation from mineral extraction work:
"200. Planning policies should:
h) ensure that worked land is reclaimed at the earliest opportunity, taking account of aviation safety, and that high quality restoration and aftercare of mineral sites
"201. When determining planning applications, local planning authorities should give great weight to the benefits of mineral extra ction, including to the economy.
In considering proposals for mineral extraction, minerals planning authorities should:
b) ensure that there are no unacceptable adverse impacts on the natural and historic environment, human health or aviation safety, and take into account the
cumulative effect of multiple impacts from individual sites and/or from a number of sites in a locality;"
However, the status of Airfields a brownfield sites has not been addressed and General Aviation has not been classed as national infrastructure.
We would encourage all General Aviation stakeholders to read the relevant documents and respond to the consultation.