Alister Scott

Alister Scott

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University said:

I must write to convey my increasing concern at the polarised debate between respective elements of the conservation and development lobby over the current planning reforms. The key message is being lost in that whilst the CLG produce their NPPF framework as a blueprint for planning policy alongside and localism bill, Defra produce their 202 Biodiversity strategy as a blueprint for land use policy building on the National Ecosystem approach.

Yet within each area there is scarcely any connection made between them This divide between Defra and CLG expressed historically as between planning and the countryside is at the heart of the current furore. The opportunity is there to fuse these respective ideas in ONE coherent policy. Such developments would ensure that there is a proper connection between policy for countryside and towns and an environmental ethic that means that development is not a short term fix.

Of course some people like to maintain such divides but the loser is the economy , the environment and society. Such separate policy silos plays into the hands s of those who are currently hijacking the NPPF debate.

The following two tabs change content below.
Alister Scott

Alister Scott

School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University