Local planning decisions are all part of national Government policy. According the Government, “the purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development [which] is about change for the better, and not only in our built environment.”
The planning system has three roles:
¨ “an economic role – contributing to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy, by ensuring that sufficient land of the right type is available in the right places and at the right time to support growth and innovation”…… what could this mean to Myddleton Road and its use of shops and accommodation?
¨ “a social role – supporting strong, vibrant and healthy communities, by providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations” ……what does this mean for family houses, flat conversions and building extensions locally?
¨ “an environmental role – contributing to protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment” ……. What does this mean for our Victorian and Edwardian buildings both in and out of the Conservation Area? What can it contribute to good modern design and environmental sensitivity for any new developments? And …..“Achieving good design is about creating places, buildings or spaces that work well for everyone, look good, will last well, and adapt for the needs of future generations.”
How the system works
The national Government lays down the planning policy framework and it is the local councils that deal with planning on the ground – with local development plans containing planning policies and with the non-stop process of decisions on planning applications.
There is now also a new thrust for communities to develop local, neighbourhood plans for their areas. You will hear more about this in 2014.
Haringey Council gave a presentation to the Myddleton Road Strategic Group in November 2013.
You can find out about the Government’s policies on planning on the Planning Portal website.