Recently published NPPF heralds a major shift in the Goverment’s planning regime.
The long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27th March. It is described by the Government as the most significant advance in planning legislation for over half a century. The key principle of a presumption in favour of development, which caused great controversy when the draft Framework was published, is confirmed in the final document. The Government claims that 10,000 pages of planning legislation has been condensed into 50 pages. The Framework aims to achieve the following:
- ensuring the vitality of town centres
- supporting the rural economy
- promoting sustainable transport and healthy communities
- delivering high quality homes