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DoE 'FAILS TO TAKE OWN ADVICE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT'

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The Royal Town Planning Institute has criticised the department of the environment for failing to take on board its...
The Royal Town Planning Institute has criticised the department of the environment for failing to take on board its own advice on sustainable development.

The advice, which is laid down in the DoE' draft revision of its planning policy guidance note on general policy and principles (PPG1), emphasises the contribution of the planning system to achieving sustainable development.

Bt, the draft, while mentioning wildlife and landscape, omits a number of critical issues including:

-- biodiversity

-- integrated land use/transportation policies

-- waste

-- energy efficient buildings

-- renewable energy

RTPI planning policy officer David Barraclough said the institute welcomed the general tone of the consultation draft.

'In particular we agree with the emphasis which has been given to the handling of mixed use developments, the importance of town centres and the significance attached to good design.'

But he explained: 'Although there is much to commend this draft, there are a number of important omissions. The result is a curious mixture of principles and detail.'

Mr Barraclough added that some items of helpful advice contained in the current draft had been left out.

'It is not clear why these have been dropped as they include material on personal circumstances, third party interests, envrionmental assessment, listed building control, crime prevention, noise and hazardous substances.'

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