03 April 2012

National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework was published yesterday (27 March 2012). This is a key part of our reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Accompanying technical guidance This document provides additional guidance to local planning authorities to ensure the effective implementation of the planning policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework on development in areas at risk of flooding and in relation to mineral extraction. This guidance retains key elements of Planning Policy Statement 25 and of the existing Minerals Policy Statements and Minerals Planning Guidance Notes which are considered necessary and helpful in relation to these policy areas. The retention of this guidance is an interim measure pending a wider review of guidance to support planning policy.