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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England is due to be published today and embodies a presumption in favour of 'sustainable development'. What can we expect?

    Well minister Greg Clark has said ''sustainable means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don't mean worse lives for future generations'' and that ''development means growth''.

    So 'not much' would be my expectation.
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    Ted, it's the "presumption in favour of 'sustainable development'" that is the can of worms. :devil:
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012 edited
     
    Growth (in terms of money value and/or real utility) can be sustainable. It's consumption of finite resources, production of toxics and demands placed on finite eco-processes that aren't sustainable. That growth and that consumption are not inherently linked, even tho they have been more or less correlated so far.

    I don't for a moment suppose that NPPF or any present govt policy even begins to do what it takes to break that correlation - yet. But it wd be so good to get it clear that it's not growth that has to be opposed, but consumption of finites.

    With that clarity in mind, we cd at last shape some gd policies that bend with the wind, instead of brainlessly opposing a steamroller. To me, this is the fence at which the eco-movement falls.
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons looked in to this aspect of the NPPF late last year.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenvaud/1480/1480i.pdf

    Whether their comments have been taken on board we will see shortly.
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    I had a look at the bit on wind farms and it references the “National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure” which in turn mentions the Companion to PPS22 and ETSU-R-97 so no real change there I think.

    However para 98 is interesting:

    98. When determining planning applications, local planning authorities should:

    ●not require applicants for energy development to demonstrate the overall need for renewable or low carbon energy and also recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions; and

    ●approve the application if its impacts are (or can be made) acceptable. Once suitable areas for renewable and low carbon energy have been identified in plans, local planning authorities should also expect subsequent applications for commercial scale projects outside these areas to demonstrate that the proposed location meets the criteria used in identifying suitable areas.

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    That very last line is going to be examined carefully.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
     
    Not sure I understand that.
    Is it outside the geographical area or the technical area?
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
     
    They mean outside the geographical area(s) identified in the local plan as "suitable for renewable and low carbon energy" (aka power stations).

    Councils aren't allowed to say other areas are unsuitable. However if a developer wants to build one outside a predesignated area they have to show their site meets the same selection criteria. That shouldn't be a problem though because (as I said earlier) the selection criteria will have to comply with National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3).
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
     
    Thanks
    Shall have to read EN-3 in detail sometime.
    Link anyone?
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
     
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
     
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    RIBA's take on the NPPF http://bit.ly/GVvPiw
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    The link isn't working for me, Ted. :confused:
    • CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    It does for me. Perhaps you need a new Firefox :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorted
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
     
    Fine. Thanks again Ted.
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