A total of 29,224 consultation responses were submitted on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) following its publication on March 2018. While many question the extent to which the responses have been addressed, the final Framework was formally issued on 24 July just before the summer recess.
The Secretary of State, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, described it as a new planning rulebook to deliver more quality, well-designed homes in areas where they are needed. The intention, according to Brokenshire, is to “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.”
“Whether we agree with the Government’s revisions to the NPPF or not, it is good to have sight of the final document, concluding a lengthy period of uncertainty. Whilst there are many stragglers still to arrive, further guidance and the standard methodology, for decision taking at least and plans early in the process we know what we are dealing with. For those plans that are better progressed, we have transitional arrangements. So for now, we need to know both the old and new.”
Head of National Planning