Planning practice guidance

The National Planning Policy Framework and relevant planning practice guidance.

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The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and revised in 2018, 2019 and most recently 20 July 2021. It sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

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Where plans are being prepared under the transitional arrangements set out in Annex 1 to the revised National Planning Policy Framework, the policies in the previous version of the framework published in 2012 will continue to apply, as will any previous guidance which has been superseded since the new framework was published in July 2018. If you’d like an email alert when changes are made to planning guidance please subscribe.

Planning practice guidance categories

We have revised and updated planning practice guidance to make it accessible.

Other planning policies

Published 29 November 2016
Last updated 24 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added Fire safety and high-rise residential buildings (from 1 August 2021)

  2. Added: First Homes

  3. Updated guidance on 'Design: process and tools'.

  4. added - Appropriate assessment, Effective use of land, Green Belt, Housing needs of different groups and Housing Supply and delivery

  5. Added Housing for older and disabled people

  6. Updated guidance on 'Neighbourhood planning' and 'Viability'.

  7. Added a link to a user feedback survey

  8. Added new guidance on 'Build to rent' and 'Plan-making'. Updated guidance on 'Housing need assessment', 'Housing and economic land availability assessment', 'Local Plans' and 'Neighbourhood Planning'.

  9. Added 'Housing Delivery Test measurement rule book'.

  10. Added guidance on 'Brownfield land registers' and 'Permission in principle'.

  11. First published.