Supreme court warns against legalistic view on housing

A judge has delivered guidance on the interpretation of housing policy in the National Planning Policy Framework that will be helpful to planners, developers and other stakeholders

Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College LondonThe provision for new housing is likely to be a significant source of environmental tension in this country over the next decade. A core statement of government housing policy contained in its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has already given rise to a number of different interpretation by the courts. The Supreme Court has now provided authoritative guidance on how it should be read by local planning authorities, developers and other decision-makers in the planning system. 

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