New Planning Practice Guidance: ‘simpler, clearer and easier for people to use’?

By Jemma Gregory and Joshua Risso-Gill

On 6 March 2014, Nick Boles issued a ministerial statement confirming the coalition government’s commitment to reforming the planning system to make it ‘simpler, clearer and easier for people to use’, cancelling the previous planning practice guidance documents and replacing them with the new planning practice guidance.

The new guidance is intended to reflect and support (but not replace) the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published on 27 March 2012 and the core policy principles of the presumption in favour of sustainable development, the introduction of neighbourhood planning and recent changes in legislation.

Developers and, in particular, their agents should take the time to consider the guidance as it will inform planning decisions made by local planning authorities and planning inspectors going forward…

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