Revised National Planning Policy Framework—what are the implications? [Archived]

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

  • Revised National Planning Policy Framework—what are the implications? [Archived]
  • Background
  • Summary of main changes
  • Commencement
  • Overview of policy changes
  • Chapter 2—sustainable development
  • Chapter 3—Plan-making
  • Chapter 4—Decision-making
  • Chapter 5—Delivering a sufficient supply of homes
  • Chapter 6—Building a strong, competitive economy
  • More...

Revised National Planning Policy Framework—what are the implications? [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note sets out the main changes to national planning policy brought about by the publication of revised versions of the National Planning Policy Framework published on 24 July 2018 (the 2018 NPPF) and on 19 February 2019 (the 2019 NPPF). It is for background information only. The 2019 NPPF incorporates all the changes to national planning policy implemented by the 2018 NPPF, and makes several minor additional amendments. This Practice Note is supplemental to Practice Note: The National Planning Policy Framework.


The government first consulted on changes to the NPPF in December 2015, followed by further consultation as part of its February 2017 Housing White Paper. A consultation on planning for the right homes in the right places followed in September 2017, before the government announced at the Autumn Budget 2017 that it would be consulting on further changes to the NPPF, which were then included in the draft 2018 NPPF published for consultation in March 2018.

Following that latest consultation, on 24 July 2018 the government published:

  1. the 2018 NPPF

  2. a response to its March 2018 consultation on a draft of the 2018 NPPF

  3. Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) on Viability

  4. PPG on housing and economic development needs assessment

  5. an equality impact assessment of the 2018 NPPF

In October 2018, the government recognised that

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