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National Planning Policy Framework Reform Revealed

Consultation into planning reform is "crucial next step" to increase housebuilding construction

UK NPPF Revision Theresa May

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is set to be revised with proposals from the Housing White Paper published in 2017, the Prime Minister has announced.


It is the first major overhaul in the NPPF in six years, which provides comprehensive policies to planners, developers and councils so they can work together to rectify the imbalance between planning application approvals and homes being built.


A consultation on the new NPPF revisions will take place from today (5th of March) until Thursday the 10th of May, which is part of a variety of recent measures aimed at tackling the UK’s housing shortage, including a £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund.


One key proposal is delivering more build-to-rent homes, along with longer “family friendly” tenancies, as the Prime Minister noted that house prices are becoming increasingly unaffordable:


“In much of the country, housing is so unaffordable that millions of people who would reasonably expect to buy their own home are unable to do so. The failure to match demand with supply really began to push prices upwards,” she said.


Commenting on the proposals, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Reforming the planning system is the crucial next step to building the homes the country needs.”


However, the chair of the Local Government Association Lord Porter said that the government should not be targeting the planning application system, saying: “Developers need to get on with building affordable homes with the needed infrastructure and councils need greater powers to act where housebuilding has stalled.”


Housebuilding construction has been subdued at the start of the year, with activity recovering in February after a four-month low, according to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index.

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