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National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Green Belt update

  Green belt policy is essentially retained, with substantial weight given to any harm to the green belt. One change sees a new category recognised as an exception to inappropriate development – ‘limited infilling or the partial or complete redevelopment of previously developed sites (brownfield land), whether redundant or in continuing use (excluding temporary buildings), which would not have a...

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Open Space, sports and playing fields update

  Open space, sports and playing fields should not be built on unless it is surplus to requirements, or replaced by equivalent or better facilities in a suitable location, or the development is for alternative sports and recreation provision the need for which clearly outweighs the loss....

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Housing update

  Housing. Planning Authorities should provide a 5 year supply of housing, with an additional 5% buffer to ensure choice and competition in the market for land. Where there has been persistent under delivery of housing, the buffer should be 20%.   Sites or broad locations for growth should also be identified for years 6-10 and, where possible, for years...

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Town Centres update

  Town centres should be recognised as the heart of their communities, with policies to support their viability and vitality. The sequential test still applies, and applications that fail to satisfy that test should be refused.   Impact assessments are required for retail, leisure and office developments above 2,500 sq m (or locally set thresholds) outside town centres....

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Employment land update

  Employment land. Where there is no reasonable prospect of a site being used for its allocated employment use, applications for alternative uses should be treated on their merits....

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Core Planning principles update

  The Government’s long-awaited and much debated National Planning Policy Framework was finally published. The NPPF, as it is called, is a statement of national planning policy, and replaces ‘over a thousand pages’ of all the previous Planning Policy Guidelines and Statements that had been issued, amended and re-issued by previous   The new emphasis on Core planning principles are...

National Planning Policy Framework Summary - Phone now for an update on current interpretation

  National Planning Policy Framework Summary March 27th update.   The Government’s long-awaited and much debated National Planning Policy Framework was finally published a week after budget day. The NPPF, as it is called, is a statement of national planning policy, and replaces ‘over a thousand pages’ of all the previous Planning Policy Guidelines and Statements that had been issued,...

Flying the Flag…for What?

  The Localism Act, the draft National Planning Policy Framework, impending changes to Government advice on Gypsies and Travellers, pre-application consultation with the community: just a few of the many various ‘radical’ reforms to the planning system underway at the hands of Eric Pickles et al. The intention is for these changes to make improvements, but the potential outcome is...

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