NPPF: 7 ways proposed revisions would change environmental planning policies

Proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework put out for consultation in March include a number of changes that will affect how the environment will be considered in plan-making and decisions

Sustainable drainage pond near housing development

Sustainable drainage will be required for major housing developments

1. Air quality considerations beefed up: The proposed changes to the framework include additional sentences on air quality that are intended to ensure councils take the issue fully into account in plan-making and decision-taking. The draft revised framework states: “Development should, wherever possible, help to improve local environmental conditions such as air quality.” A second new addition says: “Opportunities to improve air quality or mitigate impacts should be identified, such as through traffic and travel management, and green infrastructure provision and enhancement.”

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