Despite concerns that the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) would not be published before government summer recess, the document was indeed published yesterday.
According to gov.uk:
“Building attractive and better-designed homes in areas where they are needed is at the centre of new planning rules published by Secretary of State Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (24 July 2018).
“The new rules will also make it easier for councils to challenge poor quality and unattractive development, and give communities a greater voice about how developments should look and feel.
“The revised National Planning Policy Framework follows a public consultation launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year to provide a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils to build more homes, more quickly and in the places where people want to live.”
Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future.
“This revised planning framework sets out our vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. I am clear that quantity must never compromise the quality of what is built, and this is reflected in the new rules.
“We have listened to the tens of thousands of people who told us their views, making this a shared strategy for development in England.”
You can access the full revised NPPF document on the gov.uk website.
Click here to see a comparison of the old and new NPPF documents.