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INFRASTUCTURE PLANNING AND CIL ADVICE NOTE ISSUED BY POS

Date: 26/2/2009

INFRASTUCTURE PLANNING AND CIL ADVICE NOTE TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ISSUED BY PLANNING OFFICERS SOCIETY

The Planning Officers Society recognises the growing significance of infrastructure planning in delivering Sustainable Communities and has welcomed the direction of travel of the proposals for the Community Infrastructure Levy. It  has issued an advice note for local planning authorities, which will also be of interest to others in the planning community.

POS has highlighted that all LPAs need to be aware of the importance of infrastructure planning as a delivery mechanism and the potential of CIL. . In the current economic conditions POS believes that infrastructure led regeneration is essential to stimulate development, based on robust, flexible plans.

The advice note provides guidance on planning as a delivery mechanism, infrastructure planning, a summary of the Community Infrastructure Levy proposals, advice for planners on what they should be doing, and the key messages for convincing others.

Graham Jones, author of the advice note, said “infrastructure planning is of growing significance; not only is it fundamental to a sound LDF but also a crucial corporate and partnership tool in delivering sustainable communities. 

Phil Kirby, President of POS, commented “the Society has commissioned two separate but closely related pieces of work to assist and support its members in developing their infrastructure plans and preparing for CIL. The first is this advice note, setting out what POS sees as the key messages, and the second is a supported learning project, working with groups of LPAs as they move through the processes. The interest shown in both of these already is a clear indication of the significance this work has assumed.”

Notes:

1. The Planning Officers Society advice note 

2. Graham Jones is a Vice-President emeritus of the Planning Officers Society and an Associate Consultant for POS Enterprises Ltd; he can be contacted by Tel 0208 4209317, or be email GJ@jandjplanning.demon.co.uk

3. Phil Kirby is President of the Planning Officers Society for 2008/09; and can be contacted by Tel 01603 430566, or by email president@planningofficers.org.uk

4. The Society’s Publicity Officer & Spokesperson is John Silvester, Tel/Fax 01252 671304, Mobile 07843 377080, Email publicity@planningofficers.org.uk      

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