The negative comments in the draft PPS3 concerning the making of a brownfield allowance where it is not possible to allocate sufficient land is likely, in the view of the Planning Officers Society, to lead to an over allocation overshooting the Government’s annual build target or leading to green field development at the expense of brownfield possibilities.
“The whole issue of the omission of the sequential approach, and the way in which brownfield windfall development is dealt with, should be reconsidered if we are to avoid the cherry picking of greenfield allocations undermining brownfield objectives,” said Geoff Cross, Joint Convenor of the POS Housing Task Group.
The Society is keen to see the approach to housing supply within a clear plan-led system and is concerned that the Planning Gain Supplement, as proposed, could put at risk Local Authorities' infrastructure and affordable housing provision by restricting their ability to facilitate legitimate development in their localities through planning gain. POS believes tariffs would allow better local solutions without introducing a complex development land tax, which may inhibit development.
The consultation papers are so wide reaching in their implications the Society has taken the unusual step of seeking observations from all its members on its preliminary response to the Government’s consultation. “It is vital we seek the views of all our members given the impact the new policies undoubtedly will have on all planning authorities,” said Graham Jones, the President of the Society.