Local plans key to putting NPPF ideals into practice

Draft changes to national planning policy give biodiversity greater weight in development decisions, but it will be up to local planning authorities to ensure net gains are realised in practice

Karen Colebourn
"Collaboration between planners, LPAs and ecologists is necessary for the adoption of an approach in which we plan for wildlife" - Karen Colebourn, EPR

The government’s release of its draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for consultation on 5 March was met with a broadly positive response from the planning and development sector. The draft, the first revision since 2012, is also promising for stakeholders in the environmental and ecological fields, with some changes to wording in the revised version indicating a renewed commitment from the government to more actively encourage the prioritisation of biodiversity by local planning authorities (LPAs).

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