Bishop of St Albans asks Government about draft National Planning Policy Framework

 

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On 11th July 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith received written answers to four questions on the draft National Planning Policy Framework:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans: 

(i) To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to develop local-connection criteria for the proposed Entry Level Exception Site policy in the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

(ii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the location of the proposed Entry Level Exception Sites in the draft National Planning Policy Framework will be determined by assessments of local need .

(iii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed Entry Level Exception Site policy in the draft National Planning Policy  Framework on land values.

 

(iv) To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to impose a maximum amount of open market housing allowed in proposals for Entry Level Exception Sites in the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth:  The draft National Planning Policy Framework proposal for Entry Level Exception Sites did not include a local connection criterion or a maximum amount of open market housing. The draft Framework set out that a high proportion of the homes on the site would need to be entry-level homes offered for discounted sale or rent. The policy is designed to provide additional housing for first time buyers and renters, where it is needed.

This was consulted on as part of the draft National Planning Policy Framework. We are currently considering responses to the consultation and will publish the final National Planning Policy Framework in the summer. The department does not hold information on expected land values of sites brought forward as Entry Level Exception Sites.

Via Parliament.uk