Believe it or not

Believe it or not the revised NPPF has clarified an aspect of national planning policy. Yes, really! The Blog found the following in an appeal against the refusal of permission for the change of use of a house in southeast London to a day nursery in which highway safety was an issue (DCS Number 200-007-830):

“The applicability of the “severe” test at Paragraph 32 of the previous version of the Framework to considerations of highway safety was… discussed. However, Paragraph 109 of the revised Framework has clarified matters in this regard. It states that “development should only be prevented or refused on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe”. Accordingly, it is clear that the “severe” test does not apply to considerations of highway safety.”

There you go.

Highway safety at day nurseries is discussed at section 26.3344 of DCP Online.