Last edited 16 Dec 2020

NPPF inquiry

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out government planning policy for England. It was published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in March 2012 replacing a wide range of previous planning policy statements and planning policy guidance.

In 2014, the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee commissioned research from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research into The nature of planning constraints, published in March 2014, which found, amongst other things, that planning targets may be producing perverse behaviour.

The Committee then decided to establish how effectively the NPPF was operating, and whether any changes needed to be made. An inquiry was launched on 4 April 2014, focussing specifically on:

On 15 December 2014, the Committee published Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework Fourth Report of Session 2014–15. The report suggests that the simplification brought to the planning system by the NPPF is welcome, but that it is still early days, and the NPPF needs more time to ‘bed in’, proposing that it should be strengthened so that everyone can have greater confidence in it.

A number of weaknesses were identified, including:

A wide range of proposals were put forward to strengthen the NPPF, including:

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