The Planning Officers Society finds much to support in the Barker Report, in particular, it welcomes the:
In relation to major infrastructure projects , POS suggests the idea of an independent Planning Commission is an interesting and potentially useful one, but believes its success would depend crucially upon:
With regard to the Green Belt , the Society is of the view that there is a need to clarify further what Barker is seeking since the Government and local authorities already have the powers they need to review Green Belt.
With regard to the presumption in favour of development , the Society believes there could be difficult tensions between it and a plan-led system, and that it could have unintended consequences that would lead to delay and confusion. It may be largely superfluous, if the Development Plan system can be made to work as it was intended.
POS President Hilary Herbert in her letter to Kate Barker regarding her Report said “We hope our comments will be helpful and would welcome any opportunity to contribute further to what is a debate of overriding importance for the Society and its membership.”