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National Planning Policy Framework – our views on updating it

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Last Updated on 1 March 2023

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s planning policies for England, and how these should be applied. It provides the essential framework for local plans.

It is a ‘material planning consideration’ in planning decisions.

First published in 2012, it has been revised in detail a number of times.

Given that it has now been in place for a decade, the current suggested revision provides an opportunity to stand back, see how well it has worked, and to suggest improvements.

Whilst the development industry with its professional advisers, together with local planning authorities and major public bodies, will be expected to respond, local community groups are essentially the main representatives of the ‘consumer’, having in many cases to put up with and live with what the development industry serves up.

Getting the NPPF to ‘say the right things’ therefore is seen as important.

The Society response to the draft revision of the NPPF is here.