PPS 1: General Principles
The Department's Approach to Planning
10. The Department has the important and positive task of guiding appropriate developments to the right places, while preventing developments that are not acceptable. In exercising its planning role, it must make provision for necessary developments, such as workplaces, houses, schools and roads, and at the same time protect the natural and built environment. It must secure economy and efficiency as well as amenity in the use of land. In exercising its planning functions, therefore, the Department must integrate a variety of complex economic, social, environmental and other factors, many of which have implications beyond the confines of the land-use planning system. The key themes that underlie the Department’s approach to planning are sustainable development, mixed use, quality development and design . These themes are set out here and more detailed policies are contained in the other Planning Policy Statements listed in Annex 1.
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