The 2012 National Planning Policy Framework [Archived]

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

  • The 2012 National Planning Policy Framework [Archived]
  • Online planning practice guidance
  • The presumption in favour of sustainable development
  • Core planning principles
  • Delivering sustainable development
  • Build a strong, competitive economy
  • Ensure the vitality of town centres
  • Supporting a prosperous rural economy
  • Promote sustainable transport
  • Support high quality communications infrastructure
  • More...

The 2012 National Planning Policy Framework [Archived]

This archived Practice Note provides an introduction to the 2012 version of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012 NPPF), looking at the concept of sustainable development, the presumption in favour of sustainable development, and the core planning principles, as set out in the 2012 NPPF.

On 24 July 2018, the government published a revised version of the NPPF (the 2018 NPPF), which replaced the 2012 NPPF. The 2012 NPPF was archived and will only continue to apply in certain circumstances, as set out below. For information on the 2018 NPPF now in force, see Practice Note: The National Planning Policy Framework.

The 2012 NPPF first came into force in England on 27 March 2012, replacing all Planning Policy Statements and Planning Policy Guidance Notes (with the exception of PPS10 (Planning for Sustainable Waste Management)) with immediate effect. It aimed to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth. Since December 2015, the government has been consulting on various revisions to the 2012 NPPF, most recently in March 2018 (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 from 24 July 2018 onwards. Transitional provisions in Annex 1 of the 2018 NPPF provide that:

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