Presumption in favour of sustainable development in the 2012 NPPF [Archived]
Presumption in favour of sustainable development in the 2012 NPPF [Archived]

The following Planning practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Presumption in favour of sustainable development in the 2012 NPPF [Archived]
  • Policy context
  • What is the presumption in favour of sustainable development?
  • Plan-making
  • Decision-taking
  • Exceptions
  • When does the presumption apply?
  • The presumption and five-year supply of housing land
  • Meaning of 'sustainable development'
  • Purpose of the presumption
  • More...

This archived Practice Note provides an overview of the presumption in favour of sustainable development as set out in the 2012 version of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012 NPPF).

On 24 July 2018, the government published a revised version of the NPPF (the 2018 NPPF), which replaced the 2012 NPPF, and with it, the policy wording on the presumption in favour of sustainable development as set out in the 2012 NPPF. The 2012 NPPF was archived and the presumption in favour of sustainable development set out in the 2012 NPPF will therefore only continue to apply in certain circumstances, as set out below. For information on the presumption in favour of sustainable development now in force, see Practice Note: Presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Policy context

The 2012 NPPF was published on 27 March 2012, and took immediate effect. It consolidated over 1,000 pages of planning policy statements, guidance and circulars into one document. At the heart of the 2012 NPPF was the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Since December 2015, the government has been consulting on various revisions to the 2012 NPPF, most recently in March 2018 when it published a revised draft of the NPPF for consultation (see Planning analysis: Implications of consultation on revised National Planning Policy Framework).

On 24 July 2018, the government published the 2018 NPPF which replaces the 2012 NPPF

Popular documents