NPPF and housing regeneration

The revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was discussed at our round table on Friday with WYG's National Planning Board Chair, Gerald Sweeney, and Swindon Borough Council's LEP and Strategic Projects Lead, Philippa Venables along with L&G Capital's Head of Urban Regeneration, Rachel Dickie, Sir Steve Bullock, former Mayor of Lewisham and current Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and Catalyst Housing Group's Executive Director Property and Growth, Tom Titherington.

The UK Government has concluded the consultation period for its revised draft of the NPPF, due for publication in July, but WYG while welcoming the changes in the document, has said that more clarification is needed, certain stakeholders in the planning process have not been included to the extent that they might have been, strategies for aligning growth in housing and employment have been diluted and there should be more engagement with LEPs in the planning process.

WYG's Gerald Sweeney stated that the UK is so far behind in housing provision that it has been difficult to provide the necessary link with employment. He sees the expansion of the 'garden city' as one solution, where those living in properly laid out areas can work locally. (See Gerald's video interview at the event below)