Policy paper

National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.


National Planning Policy Framework

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The National Planning Policy Framework is a key part of the government’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible. It vastly simplifies the number of policy pages about planning. The planning practice guidance to support the framework is published online and regularly updated.

The framework acts as guidance for local planning authorities and decision-takers, both in drawing up plans and making decisions about planning applications.

Read the accompanying technical guidance.