National Planning Policy Framework 2012

Date added: 28 March 2012

Yesterday, the Government released the final version of The National Planning Policy Framework 2012 and despite some expected difference of opinion, many rural, heritage and business groups appear to feel that their needs and concerns have been acknowledged and are taking a 'let's wait and see' attitude.

The aim of the the new guidelines was to cut red tape and simplify the previously bloated policy documents, handing more power back to local people and promoting growth with an onus on sustainabililty. In doing so, over 1000 pages of policy documentation has been reduced to around 50.



The National Planning Policy Framework 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.

Communities and Local Government


Following the release of the draft document in July 2011 we highlighted the fact that a provision had been made for the first time ever for people wishing to build their own homes (read here). We are happy to see that this note has made it into the final version and will require local planners to plan for the needs of different groups in the community including those of self builders.

This inclusion can be found in paragraph 50:


To deliver a wide choice of high quality homes, widen opportunities for home ownership and create sustainable, inclusive and mixed communities, local planning authorities should:

  • plan for a mix of housing based on current and future demographic trends, market trends and the needs of different groups in the community (such as, but not limited to, families with children, older people, people with disabilities, service families and people wishing to build their own homes);

To view the full final document in pdf format visit: National Planning Policy Framework - March 2012




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