29 Nov 2012

Recent changes to the National Planning Policy context

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The release of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) March 2012 promotes a presumption in favour of sustainable development, including :-

  • approving development proposals that accord with the development plan without delay; and
  • where the development plan is absent, silent or relevant policies are out‑of‑date, granting permission unless:
    • any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in this Framework taken as a whole; or
    • specific policies in this Framework indicate development should be restricted.
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