IMPORTANT: The government updates the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (December 2023) …

[NOTE: For other updates to the NPPF, please view the following posts:
- This (pdf) for the March 2012 NPPF.
- This post for the July 2018 updates.
- This post for the February 2019 updates.
- This post for the June 2019 updates.
- This post for the July 2021 updates.
- This post for the September 2023 updates.
- This post for the December 2023 updates.]

The government has published the following updated version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 19/12/2023:

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF):

  • December 2023: National Planning Policy Framework (pdf) (link).

Notes:

  • The webpage (link) for the NPPF includes the following information about the above amendments made in September 2023:
    - "The National Planning Policy Framework was revised in response to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy consultation [(link)] on 19 December 2023 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.".
    - "On 5 September 2023 the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities issued a written ministerial statement to update policy on planning for onshore wind development in England [(link)].".
    - "This revised Framework replaces the previous National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012, revised in July 2018, updated in February 2019, revised in July 2021 and updated in September 2023.".
    - "The online searchable version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework [(link)] is also available.".
    - "The planning practice guidance [(link)] to support the framework is published online.".
  • Note: For previous versions of the above webpage, please view this timeline (link) on The National Archives website.

Other Sources of Information:

  • December 2022: Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - reforms to national planning policy (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).
    - Note: For more information about the above document, please view this post.
  • September 2023: Onshore wind national planning policy reform - government response (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).
    - Note: For more information about the above document, please view this post.
  • December 2023: Government response to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - reforms to national planning policy consultation (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).
    - Note: For more information about the above document, please view this post.
  • December 2023: Written statement to Parliament by Michael Gove MP - "The Next Stage in Our Long Term Plan for Housing Update" (link).
  • December 2023: Speech to RIBA by Michael Gove MP - "Falling back in love with the future" (link).
  • 21 December 2023: Letter from DLUHC to Chief Planning Officers - Planning Update Newsletter (pdf) (link).