The Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development

The presumption in favour of sustainable development that was promised in  the Plan for Growth has finally been released. This could have delivered a message to developers nationally that sustainable development was something that this Government, the Greenest Ever, was serious about and which would ensure that development that was highly sustainable would fly through the planning system to secure planning permission faster than any other development. Thus giving a boost to the low carbon economy and to green jobs as well as displaying publicly that this Government understands what Sustainable Development means.

Did it? No, it didn’t. The presumption trots out the normal guff that development should meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

There is nothing here that any planning officer or developer can look at and say, if I follow this I will get planning permission, or if I do this, I will be considered a sustainable developer. The document simply refers to the key sustainable development principles set out in national planning policy! National planning policy in turn will refer to the presumption in favour of sustainable development.  Am I missing something?



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