Revised NPPF Published

25th July, 2018 by Acorus in General

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published yesterday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and is the first revision of the document since it’s introduction 2012. 

There are a range of amendments which, amongst other issues, look to tighten definitions on the presumption in favour of sustainable development and increased emphasis on high quality design and place-making, however, it would appear that predominately the major changes focus on housing.

Of particular note and relevance to rural areas and the rural economy:

•    Paragraph 79 relates to rural housing and now includes essential need housing for those taking majority control of a farm business in the list of circumstances where homes in the countryside may be permitted.

•    Paragraph 172 places greater control on areas such as AONBs and National Parks, adding that the scale and extent of development in these areas should be limited, alongside retaining the policy that major development should be refused in these areas other than in exceptional circumstances.

Overall, despite a detailed consultation process, there have been minimal changes, which is thought by some to be disappointing.  There is concern in the industry that whilst the revised Framework claims to help further housebuilding and in places where people want to live, changes made to certain criteria, for example for Entry Level Exception Sites which now require all properties to be affordable, will actually now encourage less land being made available for much needed homes in the countryside.

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