The NPPF has finally been published today after a controversial and very public launch into the planning world.
Notwithstanding the media storm it is perhaps not as controversial as the newspapers would have us believe. The notion of “sustainable development” has been given a definition of sorts which will be familiar from the Brundtland Paper and recited in a United Nations definition as being “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition, the NPPF states that the government believes that the whole of the NPPF constitutes their view of what sustainable development means in practice. There is no default answer and a commitment to decision making in accordance with policy remains unless material considerations indicate otherwise.