NPPF – the waiting is almost over
The media storm which greeted the publication of the draft National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF”) is set to intensify as the Chancellor announced in this week’s budget that the NPPF will be published and will come into effect on Tuesday 27 March. This controversial document, which aims to replace over a thousand pages of planning policy to around fifty, has led to claims from some quarters that it is a ‘developer’s charter’ which puts large tracts of the English countryside at risk of inappropriate development. The Government contends that the presumption in favour of sustainable development will unblock the planning system and give the economy a much needed boost whilst maintaining protection of the greenbelt and other designated areas. Watch this space for comment and analysis of the NPPF following its publication next week.