Government is consulting on a package of proposals for the reform of the planning system in England, covering plan-making, development management, development contributions, and other related policy proposals. Read Sustain's position.
Sustain calls for reforms which will support a sustainable food system where more food is grown, where food businesses thrive, where high streets become hubs for good food and where people can access healthy food close to where they live.
Sustain is calling for a planning system that:
We welcome changes which address:
Government should show leadership at a national level by aligning planning policy with its strategies for food, health, obesity, the economy and the environment. A more sustainable food system could be achieved if the revised National Planning Policy Framework included development management policies covering:
Access to healthier food
Internal residential standards
Areas for significant development (Growth areas), provide the best opportunity to make significant changes to the way we live and our access to good food. Masterplans should recognise the importance of communal gardening and food growing, the role these play in ensuring active healthy lifestyles and in building communities.
To date, the Government’s quest to plan for beautiful and sustainable places has not adequately addressed access to healthy food and urban food growing in the layout of development and the internal and external design of new homes. This should be rectified in the National Model Design Code, the revised Manual for Streets and in other building quality standards. A decent home is one where there is access to healthier food and where routes to poverty are avoided through design.
The definition of Protected land must include land in horticultural and in agricultural use to ensure greater food security and resilience, especially in the context that a high proportion of the population is currently not eating enough fruit and vegetables for a healthy diet. We see no evidence that the ability to produce food in sufficient quantities has been taken into account in identifying land to be protected. 
Our blog started the debate within the Sustain community. We have now started to draft our detailed response. How you can help – have we covered all the relevant issues? If our views resonate with you, please submit your own response to the consultation. Consultation closes on 29 October 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future
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