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   National Planning Policy framework - Delivering the Right homes in the right places    12 March, 2018


The NPPF continues with the presumption in favour of sustainable development and there is additional security for neighbourhood plans in certain circumstances. A new requirement for authorities to review plan policies every five years following the date of adoption, with updates, if necessary, to reflect changing circumstances.

The proposed changes are:

• setting out that to meet the test of soundness authorities when preparing plans, will need to prepare and maintain a statement of common ground, as evidence (where appropriate) of the statutory duty to cooperate;

• a new standard method for calculating local housing need, set out in the draft revised national planning guidance

• a need to address the housing requirements of groups will particular needs such as students or the elderly

• 10% of houses on major sites should be available for affordable home ownership

• introduce an expectation that LPA’s should provide a housing requirement figure for designated neighbourhood areas

• greater use of small sites - 20% of sites allocated should be of half an acre or less.

• 5 year land supply should be capable of being agreed for one year period

• LPA’s should consider imposing a planning condition to bring forward development within two years and to consider why major sites have not been built out when considering subsequent planning applications

• the Government to consult on allowing the development of exception sites to provide entry-level homes suitable for first-time buyers, where a local need is identified.

• new policy on the potential need for planning policies to accommodate sites for local business and community needs outside existing rural settlements,

• new policy on the ways in which planning policies can help to counter malicious or natural threats, especially in crowded places and should take into account wider defence and security requirements.

• Policy on assessing the transport impact of proposals has been amended to refer to highway safety as well as capacity and congestion in order to make it clear that govt expect that designs should prioritise pedestrian and cycle movements, followed by access to high quality public transport (so far as possible) as well as to reflect the importance of creating well-designed places.

• support more intensive use of land in town centres and around transport hubs; use of brown field sites and public sector land; building up (airspace) not out; unused industrial/retail can be used for housing: refuse applications that don’t make optimum use of land; better use of space above shops; new permitted development rights.


• the Government is exploring wider measures to support farm diversification and housing in the rural economy.

• Plans should set out a clear design vision supported by design guides and codes

• Protecting the Green Belt remains sacrosanct, only in exceptional circumstances should there be releases. Brown Field before Green Belt

• clarification that the applicant should be responsible for mitigating the impact on their scheme of potential nuisance arising from existing development, such as live music venues and church bells.

• strengthens protection for ancient woodland and other irreplaceable habitats, by making clear that development resulting in their loss or deterioration should be wholly exceptional, and maintains a high level of protection for individual aged or veteran trees

• The Government will continue to explore options for reforming developer contributions. Further information is set out in the separate consultation document,

Supporting housing delivery through developer contributions.

This consultation seeks views on the draft text of the National Planning Policy Framework. The text has been revised to implement policy changes previously consulted on through:

• National Planning Policy: consultation on proposed changes (December 2015) available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nationalplanning-policy-consultation-on-proposed-changes

• the housing White Paper (February 2017) available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fixing-ourbroken-housing-market

• Planning and Affordable Housing for Build to Rent – a consultation paper (February 2017) available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planningand-affordable-housing-for-build-to-rent

• Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals (September 2017) available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planningfor-the-right-homes-in-the-right-places-consultationproposals

This consultation will begin on Monday 5 March 2018 and will close at 23.45 on Thursday 10 May 2018.

Consultation responses should be submitted by online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NPPFconsultation

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