Briefing: How new planning rules stir up the system

A revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework was published in July. Katherine Evans examines the implications of the changes to England’s planning rulebook

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What is the NPPF?

The National Planning Policy Framework was published by the government in March 2012 to consolidate and simplify planning policy. It sets out planning rules for England and how they are expected to be applied. Since 2012, the NPPF has been the subject of  a considerable number of judicial decisions, demonstrating its significance in the planning process.

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