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Response to the National Planning Policy Framework report

Tuesday, March 27 2012

Reacting to the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) today (March 27), Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) said:

"We welcome the publication today of the National Planning Policy Framework. The clear focus on making sure that developments will stand the test of time is crucial to getting local community support for new housing. No one should doubt the need to build more homes to house future generations. The intention that a 'meaningful proportion' of funds raised from new developments should go to neighbourhoods where new housing is built will be important in helping communities to see the benefit of new housing in their area."

"We agree that delivering a wide choice of homes with a mix of housing types and tenures is crucial to meet the housing needs of future generations. The accelerated release of public land announced in last week's Budget can only help with this challenge. However the onus is firmly placed on local authorities to be very clear about their requirements for affordable housing if enough affordable homes are to be built where they are needed. This may involve local authorities working not just with existing communities but also with newly forming households who have not traditionally had a say in local planning decisions, and also, importantly, with neighbouring local authorities."

"The importance of good design, not just of new homes but of the green spaces around them is one that we wholeheartedly endorse. Our own work also shows the equal importance of using the right construction standards if we are to build zero carbon homes. Ensuring that new homes are built in the right way to reduce carbon emissions will be crucial to local planning authorities' ability to address climate change."

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