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National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is due to be published on 27th March, bringing the current 1,000 pages of planning guidance down to just 50 pages. In the meantime we are promised “new growth friendly planning laws”.  AD:uk has joined forces with 19 arts and cultural organisations who jointly campaigned to see culture included in the NPPF to establish the Culture in Planning Alliance. CiPA will be a voice for culture and the arts in the planning system.

 The new group includes planning statutory consultee, The Theatres Trust and ixia public art think tank, the National Federation of Artist Studio Providers, Arts Development UK, Voluntary Arts, theatre bodies SOLT, Theatrical Management Association and the Little Theatre Guild (LTG), and Audiences UK.

 CiPA will harness existing cultural planning expertise on theatres, concert halls, art galleries, museums, libraries, public art initiatives, craft venues and artists’ studios to promote the role of culture and the arts in the planning system, share expertise and produce expert guidance on culture and the arts in planning.

 Membership of the Culture in Planning Alliance is open to arts and cultural organisations who wish to see their interests better represented in the planning system. Founder members include: The Theatres Trust, ixia public art think tank, National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers, Arts Development UK, Voluntary Arts, ABTT, SOLT, TMA, Independent Theatre Council (ITC), Little Theatre Guild (LTG), Dance UK, Association of British Orchestras, Making Music, Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA), National Campaign for the Arts, Crafts Council, Axis, Contemporary Art Society, a-n The Artists Information Company and Audiences UK. The Theatres Trust is presently coordinating the CiPA.

 The coalition government will be publishing the NPPF on Tuesday, and we await to see whether the strong lobby to include culture in the policy consultation has borne fruit.