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CIHT on National Planning Policy Framework

CIHT is contributing to the development of the nation’s future planning policy and provide comment on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) document, which the Institution believes will have major implications for the delivery of transport infrastructure.

Rather than responding as an individual professional institution CIHT have taken this opportunity to co-ordinate a response to the proposed Framework on behalf of the transport community as a whole.

Sue Percy, CIHT Chief Executive said:

“Whilst we support the need to simplify planning policy and process we are concerned that the document, as currently drafted, would not deliver sustainable development and growth desired by the government, accessed by sustainable transport.”

“To assist the Department for Communities and Local Government further, we have taken the opportunity to identify specific detailed changes that could be incorporated into the draft NPPF to address our concerns.”

“We hope that our summary and suggested amendments are of assistance and would urge the Government to consider our suggestions carefully, incorporating them where possible, before the final NPPF is published.”

CIHT have coordinated the joint submission of a summary of key responses to the NPPF, which was circulated to a wide range of parties engaged in transport and planning. Support for this approach was provided by all the signatories listed below.

CIHT will be following up this response by extending the dialogue with key stakeholders including Government to ensure that the highways and transportation industry’s views are communicated fully.

Supporting organisations comprised of:
The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG)
Addison & Associates
Campaign for Better Transport
Confederation of Passenger Transport UK
Living Streets
London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies
Phil Jones Associates
SKM Colin Buchanan
Town & Country Planning Association
Transport for Quality of Life

Notes for Editors

Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation

CIHT is a membership organisation representing over 12,000 people who work in the highways and transportation sector.

CIHT members plan, design, build, operate and maintain best-in-class transport systems and infrastructure, whilst respecting the imperatives of improving safety, ensuring economic competitiveness and minimising environmental impact.

CIHT supports its member’s professional endeavours by:

• offering training, information, professional development and support
• promoting the value added to society by the profession
• being the focused voice to Governments and other decision makers on transportation expertise and knowledge.

For more information please contact:
Daniel Isichei, Director of Communications, CIHT on t: +44 (0) 20 7336 1567 m: 07912122573 e: Daniel.Isichei@ciht.org.uk

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