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'PLANNING BILL IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO TACKLE SOCIAL EXCLUSION'

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The government has missed a rare opportunity to promote social inclusion and wider sustainable development through ...
The government has missed a rare opportunity to promote social inclusion and wider sustainable development through a reformed planning system, says the Chartered Institute of Housing.

The CIH expressed its disappointment that yesterday's Planning Bill (see LGCnet) did not contain a new statutory purpose that would have allowed planning to become a strategic, proactive force for economic prosperity, social cohesion and environmental protection.

CIH policy officer Merron Simpson said:

'The government has missed a chance to modernise the planning system. This legislation could have set a new precedent that would have made the planning system a vehicle for positive change to actively shape our communities. A statutory purpose would have given a clear focus for future reforms to planning policy and it's disappointing that it's not contained in today's Bill.'

The Bill underpins future reforms of the planning system. CIH hopes that promoting social inclusion will be seen as an important consideration as planning policy and practice develops.

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The Chartered Institute of Housing, along with the LGA, National Housing Federation, the Royal Town Planning Institute and Shelter has been highlighting the need for further changes to Planning Policy Guidance 3: Housing and Circulars 1/97 and 6/98, to provide more scope for providing affordable housing in a way that contributes more widely to the sustainability of communities.

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