Planning is boring, until you have a proposal for a major road or a power station at the end of your street. The planning system needs to enable sustainable development while recognising that people will not normally engage in the process until there are real proposals on the table.

While we welcome much of what is in the National Planning Framework, we are not surprised that the Local Government and Communities Committee has raised concerns about the quality of the engagement and consultation processes undertaken, nor felt able to give proper scrutiny to the detail of the policies and national developments included in the draft.

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