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Planning Process

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Prudent use of mineral resources is necessary for sustainable development.

The Communities Plan
Sustainable development is a key tenet of national planning policy statements and guidance notes and is at the heart of the Government's 'Communities Plan'. The communities plan is a £22 billion programme of action aimed at focusing attention and co-ordinating the efforts of all levels of Government and stakeholders. All levels of government are dedicated to bringing about development that meets the economic, social and environmental needs of future generations. In other words sustainable development. The land-use planning system is just one means of delivering these Government objectives.

The land-use planning system and sustainable development
Sustainable development was enshrined at the centre of planning legislation in the new Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 which now includes at Section 39, a requirement to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. This is also the focus of key Government planning policy set out in PPS1: 'Delivering Sustainable Development'.
  This provides the overarching planning principles for the delivery of sustainable development through the planning system. PPS1 confirms that sustainable development is the core principle that should under-pin planning and it repeats the Government's key aims for sustainable development from the 1999 White Paper. It then states that planning should facilitate and promote sustainable and inclusive patterns of urban and rural development by :
  • making suitable land available for development in line with economic, social and environmental objectives to improve people's quality of life
  • contributing to sustainable economic development
  • protecting and enhancing the natural and historic environment, the quality and character of the countryside, and existing communities
  • ensuring high-quality development through good and inclusive design, and the efficient use of resources
  • ensuring that development supports existing communities and contributes to the creation of safe, sustainable, liveable and mixed communities with good access to jobs and key services for all members of the community
     
All levels of government are dedicated to bringing about development that meets the economic, social and environmental needs of future generations. In other words sustainable development.
 




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