The National Planning Policy of England was announced in 2012 and is designed to work with local authorities and communities. The policy came into effect in 2012 and is designed to work with local authorities and communities to ensure that development takes place in sustainable locations which will protect natural assets such as green spaces and watercourses, whilst meeting housing requirements. This means that developers will need to consult with councils on where new homes should be built, ensuring that the land is suitable for the proposed use

The National Planning Policy of England ensures sustainable development by working closely with local authorities on how developments take place, looking at what location would best suit a building or structure based on environmental factors such as green spaces or waterways. It also requires developers to consult councils before any construction starts, ensuring that the land is suitable for development. Plans to build on natural assets such as green spaces or waterways will be turned down unless there are no alternatives available, and local councils have been consulted about where new homes should be built.

For example, in 2016 an application was submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council by developers St Modwen for a 100-hectare site to the northeast of Cheltenham Racecourse. This location would put highly protected landscape features, including trees under threat from having construction work taking place next to them. The council rejected the plans because it would mean that habitats for protected species could be severely compromised, which is unacceptable when trying to achieve sustainable development guidelines set out by the National Planning Policy of England.

Who is this policy directed at?

This policy is directed at individuals or companies who are looking to develop areas of land, including planning permission applications for small developments to large building projects. It also includes local councils who will have a consultation with the developers before any work takes place. The National Planning Policy Framework can be applied beyond England into Wales and Scotland if it applies to the development being proposed.

What will happen if we do not follow the Policy?

Violations of the National Planning Policy could result in formal action being taken against the individual or company constructed on the land without consulting with the local council and can be issued an Enforcement Notice warning them to stop breaching National Planning Regulations.

What is National Planning Policy Framework?

The National Planning Policy Framework is designed to work with local authorities and communities to ensure that development takes place in sustainable locations which will protect natural assets such as green spaces and watercourses, whilst meeting housing requirements. Developments are not allowed to take place on these natural assets.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out a national set of policies for England on strategic planning and development control. It is intended to provide both a framework for local decision-making and to guide central government departments in deciding on major projects. It was published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 27 March 2012.

The NPPF is broken down into nine key objectives, including the creation of sustainable communities, balancing development with environmental concerns, recognising national sites and protecting our heritage. The framework includes policies set out at a regional level that will be used when determining major infrastructure projects.

How will it impact the Planning Decisions in England?

The NPPF provides the framework for local decision-making, but it is also designed to guide central government departments in deciding on major projects. The National Planning Policy Framework creates an outline of what is required to get approval for projects. This includes providing a description of the proposal, its expected benefits, consultation plans and enforcement mechanisms if necessary. This framework will impact planning decisions because it sets out the requirements that must be met to get approval for projects.