New Planning

One of the more interesting aspects of the Localism Bill that is making its way on to the statute books is the new Planning regime and the changing role of Councillors in the decision making process; more that administrators of tight directive nation policy it will be for Councillors to have opinions and make real decisions based on their debate The days of Councillor just going along with those who shout loudest in a Community usually the NIMBIES, are gone.

Councillors, me included, have long argued that we should have the power to decide what is built where but with power comes responsibility, a responsibility to show real leadership of their communities, often when communities themselves are not immediately in agreement real leadership to delivery economic grow through planning commercial build and real leadership to delivery new homes both private and socially rented to those who need homes in our community but just can’t afford the full market price.

Beyond commercial and residential development since I have been the Suffolk County Council Portfolio Holders for Adult and Community Services my focus has been on how we are addressing and are going to address the housing needs of our aging population.

This week I spent couple of days at Warwick University looking at the implications of the New Planning Regime and using the time away from the day jobs, really thinking about the how the changes will effect Suffolk FlexiCare, our system wide approach to working with the District and Borough Councils looking at the projected growth and housing demands of older people not at a strategic countywide basis but in each town and village.

Getting this message across to the experienced Councillors and Planning Officers in each planning authority is a challenge but with the introduction of the neighbourhood plans that challenge is even greater. To help individual communities as they draw up their plans to understand what planning for an aging society really means from buildings for life standards, to allowing land allocations for ExtraCare and Residential Care Home developments.

The quality of life for all residents is affected by good planning and the future needs of an aging population must be in everyone minds that will have influence of the future of housing and development in our communities.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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