Briefing: Draft National Planning Policy Framework

By: Robin White  Published: May 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sits at the heart of planning policy in England, and has a huge role to play in ensuring that we get the genuinely affordable homes we need built. The new draft NPPF published earlier this year shows a real intent from the government to address some of the flaws in the original 2012 version. It is, however, vital that the detail of the new Framework meets this good intention, and to achieve this further updates are required in some areas.


In March 2018 the Government published a new draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for consultation. This document is the centre of planning policy across England and provides a clear opportunity to ensure the planning system is working to deliver more of the homes this country needs.

The draft NPPF and associated National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) show a real intent from government to address some of the issues leading to a loss of affordable homes, with the government clearly willing to make moves to close the viability loophole. However, the measures currently proposed may not deliver on the governments good intentions and require some additional work to ensure that the numbers of affordable homes in England are being maximised.


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