NPPF draft

What is NPPF?



The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, 2012) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England providing guidance for planners and developers. It also provides guidance on development and the natural environment helping to protect priority habitats, species and protected sites for example from development.

Section 109 of the NPPF outlines how the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment in a number of ways, including:

“minimising impacts on biodiversity and providing net gains in biodiversity where possible, contributing to the Government’s commitment to halt the overall decline in biodiversity, including by establishing coherent ecological networks that are more resilient to current and future pressures”.

Read the current (2012) NPPF document here.


A new consultation



The new draft maintains this stance (Section 168). The full chapter (15) that relates to conserving and enhancing the natural environment has been updated to align with DEFRA’s 25 Year Environment Plan, and can be read in the proposed draft document on the consultation page on the government website.

Read more about the consultation details and the proposed new draft of the NPPF here. The consultation closes on 10th May 2018.

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