Less than one month ago the current coalition government released the revised planning guidelines for England and introduced the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (NPPF 2012). The introduction of the NPPF 2012 which is a single 50 page document replaces over 1,000 pages of planning rules which were introduced by previous governments. The NPPF 2012 has immediate effect and will aim to simplify the system by making it easier to build houses and other developments
The NPPF 2012 is based upon a presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Sustainable – defined in the guidelines means ensuring better lives for ourselves without worst lives for future generation.
Development – defined as meaning growth.
Sustainable Development – defined as a pattern of growth which aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that the human needs can be met in the present and in the future.
The NPPF 2012 insists that we should try and develop Brownfield sites before Greenfield ones, and town centers before out-of-town sites.
The way the new framework aims to work is as follows:-
- Local councils will be given a year to prepare local plans and set out in what areas new developments can take place and where they cannot. If plans are silent or out of date, the proposals for development should be approved unless such approval would mean that the damage would outweigh the benefit.
- All proposals that are in line with the plans should be approved without delay.
- All proposals that will conflict with the plans provided should not be approved and be thrown out.
The full guidelines can be viewed by clicking on:
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