Revised NPPF – Key opportunities and issues
9th March 2018
The current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), prepared during the economically jittery post-recession years, put building a strong, competitive economy at its centre (it was the first topic addressed in the NPPF). Unsurprisingly, with what the Government now accepts to be a ‘housing crisis’, housing very much takes centre stage in the consultation version of NPPF v2. The Prime Minister choosing to unveil the consultation document herself is telling – this Government, and the Prime Minister herself, are serious about increasing housing delivery.
Overall, the proposed structure of the revised NPPF is more logical, and it is updated to reflect various pieces of case law and includes some elements in the current Planning Practice Guidance. This is clearly to be welcomed. There also seems to be a clear intent to remove or reduce, where possible, grey areas. This again is welcomed. Having let the dust settle following the consultation launch fanfare, Nexus Planning has reflected on NPPF v2 as published for consultation and we identify here what we currently see as some of the key opportunities and issues.