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UPDATE Jan 2010

Date: 15/1/2010

The Planning Officers Society
E-Bulletin for POS Members January 2010


1                                 SPATIAL PLANNING LATEST

PPS12 and Plan Making

The CLG Plan making manual accompanies the revised PPS12. The manual brings together council experience, useful advice and guidance in producing local development frameworks. Content is regularly refreshed; for example it features recently published new content on Sustainability Appraisals, and there is also a government line on Infrastructure Planning. To read more go to


Revised PPS4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth

The Government has published new advice for planners which combines town centre and economic development policy into a single, streamlined document, replacing previous guidelines and cutting guidance from 137 pages to 32. The revised policy advice in PPS4 has retained the sequential test which requires that most central town centre sites should be developed first for shops, leisure and offices, rather than out-of-town sites.

CLG has also introduced what it argues is a tougher impact test replacing the needs test which ministers say had become dysfunctional. Under the new test development which might harm town centres will be assessed against key factors including climate change, impact on the high street, consumer choice, consumer spending and jobs.

The competition test, recommended by the Competition Commission following its probe into grocery shopping, is not included in PPS 4.

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