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New National Planning Policy

The long awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has now been published and is immediately effective. The document has important implications for all, including applications and appeals already submitted.

The golden rule is the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ which should go ahead without delay.

Old council policies are now less important, but council policy from 2004 and later will continue to have full weight until March 2013.

The NPPF also requires councils to annually update their list of allocated sites so that there are enough specific, deliverable sites to provide five years’ worth of housing need with a 5% buffer, or 20% if a council persistently under delivers.
Priorities include:

  • A presumption in favour of sustainable development
  • Using planning to support sustainable economic growth
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Supporting a prosperous rural economy
  • Ensuring allocated sites are deliverable
  • Delivering a wide choice of high quality homes
  • Ensuring town centre vitality
  • Conserving heritage assets

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