The government publishes its response to the consultation (which ran until 02/03/2023) relating to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent updates to the NPPF relating to this consultation, please view this post.]

The government has published the following response to the consultation titled "Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - reforms to national planning policy" (which ran for 10 weeks from 22/12/2022 until 02/03/2023):

Response document:

  • 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 the previous (partial) response document relating to onshore wind, please view this post].

Notes:

  • The "Introduction" section at the start of the above response document includes the following information:
    - "To ensure a modernised planning system that works for all, it is essential that the reforms in the [Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023] are accompanied by an initial set of changes to national policy, through an update to the National Planning Policy Framework. The National Planning Policy Framework is a critical tool for the delivery of homes in the right places, the provision of land for development, and for the promotion of the high quality design in our built environment.".
    - "That is why, on 22 December 2022, the government published a consultation inviting views on our proposed approach to updating the National Planning Policy Framework. The consultation included 58 questions. Questions both sought feedback on proposals or asked for new ideas to inform future policy. This document sets out the government response to that consultation. It has been published alongside an updated National Planning Policy Framework which reflects the changes considered below. This follows the interim update to the National Planning Policy Framework on 5 September 2023, which reflected specific changes relating to onshore wind projects.".
    - "The changes included in this update and in response to the consultation feedback, strike the right balance between the importance of delivering the homes we need and building these homes in the right places to best serve local communities.".
    - "Included in the consultation were questions relating to the local and neighbourhood plan system, local housing need and the Housing Delivery Test. Questions were included on 5-year housing land supply, the status of neighbourhood plans, planning for communities such as social rent homes, older people's housing, small sites for small builders, community-led development and build out.".
    - "The consultation also sought views on beauty, densification, environmental protection and climate change, and considered biodiversity, ancient woodland, agricultural land, carbon assessment, climate adaptation and onshore wind. Changes as a result of the consultation on onshore wind measures were adopted as part of the September 2023 National Planning Policy Framework update on 5 September and are therefore not included in this response.".
    - "Finally, the consultation sought views on our proposed approach to preparing National Development Management Policies, their scope and their relationship to Plans. It also asked about how planning can better support levelling up and boosting economic growth. This included questions on the use of brownfield land and boosting pride in place.".
    - "Further policy changes may be required in due course. The scope and content of those changes will depend on the implementation of the government's proposals for wider changes to the planning system, including the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act.".
  • Note: For more information about this topic, please view the above response document.

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.