New planning framework issued

New planning framework issued

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has published a revised National Planning Policy Framework.

The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has issued a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a new set of planning policies for England, along with guidance on how they should be applied.

The Government says that the new framework will make it easier for councils to challenge poor quality and unattractive development, and give communities a greater voice about how developments should look and feel. The revised National Planning Policy Framework, the Government says, will also help make sure the country is, “building attractive and better-designed homes in areas where they are needed.”

It replaces the previous National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012.

Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future.

“This revised planning framework sets out our vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. I am clear that quantity must never compromise the quality of what is built, and this is reflected in the new rules.

“We have listened to the tens of thousands of people who told us their views, making this a shared strategy for development in England.”

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced the new rule book will focus on:

  • promoting high quality design of new homes and places
  • stronger protection for the environment
  • building the right number of homes in the right places
  • greater responsibility and accountability for housing delivery from councils and developers

The Government says that the new rules will see 85 of the proposals set out in the recent Housing White Paper and the Budget, implemented in the new Framework.

The revised NPPF follows a public consultation launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year.

It is available, in full, here.

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