New planning rulebook: 5 things you need to know

5 things you need to know about the revised National Planning Policy Framework, including new wording on local wildlife sites, Climate Change Act reference reinstated, policy not updated to reflect EJC habitats ruling, and more

Woods with daffodils and a stream
Ancient woodland: development resulting in loss of irreplaceable habitats should be refused

The policies contained within the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published this week, are intended to ensure wildlife thrives at the same time as addressing the need for new homes, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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