National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)


The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published by the Government on 27th March 2012 to replace policies in England previously provided by PPGs, PPSs, Circular 05/05 and Letters to Chief Planning Officers.  The NPPF, which comes into effect immediately, seeks to simplify and streamline the system and sets out 12 core planning principles which "should underpin both plan-making and decision-taking."

These stipulate that planning should:

- be genuinely plan-led with succinct, up-to-date local and neighbourhood plans setting the framework for decisions to be  made with a high degree of predictability and efficiency
- not simply be about scrutiny, but instead be a creative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which people live their lives
- drive sustainable economic development to deliver homes, business and industrial units, infrastructure and support local vitality, objectively identifying local need and setting out a clear strategy for allocating land
- seek to secure a high-quality of design and a good standard of amenity for all
- promote the diversity and vitality of urban areas, protecting Green Belts around them and recognising the "intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside"
- support the transition to a low-carbon future, take account of flood risk and coastal change and encourage the reuse of existing and renewable resources
- conserve and enhance the natural environment and reduce pollution
- encourage the re-use of previously developed (Brownfield) land provided it is not of high environmental value
- promote mixed use developments, encouraging multiple benefits from urban and rural areas
- conserve heritage assets, appropriate to their significance
- manage patterns of growth to make full use of public transport, walking and cycling
- take account and support local strategies to improve health, social, and cultural wellbeing

Scott Brownrigg Planning has produced a Briefing Note outlining the key changes brought about by the NPPF.  Click here to download.