The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Consultation – Important issues to note

12 January 2023

On 22nd December, the Government released its proposed text of the NPPF revisions and an associated consultation report Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (LURB).

The consultation provides draft revised text and a proposed direction of travel for national policy flowing from the LURB’s anticipated Royal Assent in the Spring. Of importance to note is that the Government has confirmed that a wider review of the NPPF will follow the Royal Assent of the LURB.

In summary, the LURB consultation:

  • Sets out the initial amendments to the NPPF
  • Discusses the potential scope of a future NPPF consultation, to be carried out alongside a consultation on the first National Development Management policies
  • Proposes other policies and legislation that would be enabled by Royal Assent of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill
  • Includes policy and legislation related to other primary legislation and topics

The planning team at Ridge has produced an article relating to the consultation report.  This article provides an overview of the proposed changes to the text of the NPPF and also provides our team’s view of the impact the proposed planning reforms will have upon the housing crisis.

The main issues which are discussed within the article include the following:

  • National Housing targets
  • Five year housing land supply
  • Plan making
  • Housing Need Assessment and application of resulting figures
  • Measures to tackle slow build out permissions
  • Duty to cooperate
  • Neighbourhood plans
  • Green Belt
  • Renewable Energy
  • Climate change/biodiversity
  • Beauty in design
  • National Management Development Policies

The article can be read in full here ➔