Media Briefing Note: NPPF Published

LONDON, 27 March 2012 - Commenting on the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) today, Michael Gallimore, Head of Planning at Hogan Lovells, said:

"The NPPF will be broadly welcomed by the development industry. It gives a clear message, through the presumption in favour of sustainable development, that planning applications which accord with the aspirations set out in the Framework should be approved unless adverse impacts significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the development."

"The NPPF does not contain a single definition of sustainable development. Instead the Framework defines sustainable development through its own policies – by definition if development proposals accord with the Framework they will be sustainable. Many groups have become too hung up on the definition point. If a development is the right scheme, in the right place with the right sustainability credentials and ticks the boxes set out in the Framework it should be approved."

"There is a very real incentive for local authorities without an up to date plan to speed up their plan making process. Policies adopted since 2004 have a 12 month amnesty even where there is conflict with the Framework. Policies adopted before that date are overtaken by the presumption in favour of sustainable development and will need to be judged against the NPPF. The Government has achieved a sensible balance in terms of transitional arrangements."

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