National Planning Policy Framework

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

A new version of the National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24 July 2018. This web version will be updated shortly.

  1. Ministerial foreword Ministerial foreword by the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
  2. Introduction Paragraphs 1 to 5
  3. Achieving sustainable development Paragraphs 6 to 17
  4. 1. Building a strong, competitive economy Paragraphs 18 to 22
  5. 2. Ensuring the vitality of town centres Paragraphs 23 to 27
  6. 3. Supporting a prosperous rural economy Paragraph 28
  7. 4. Promoting sustainable transport Paragraphs 29 to 41
  8. 5. Supporting high quality communications infrastructure Paragraphs 42 to 46
  9. 6. Delivering a wide choice of high quality homes Paragraphs 47 to 55
  10. 7. Requiring good design Paragraphs 56 to 68
  11. 8. Promoting healthy communities Paragraphs 69 to 78
  12. 9. Protecting Green Belt land Paragraphs 79 to 92
  13. 10. Meeting the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change Paragraphs 93 to 108
  14. 11. Conserving and enhancing the natural environment Paragraphs 109 to 125
  15. 12. Conserving and enhancing the historic environment Paragraphs 126 to 141
  16. 13. Facilitating the sustainable use of minerals Paragraphs 142 to 149
  17. Plan-making Paragraphs 150 to 185
  18. Decision-taking Paragraphs 186 to 207
  19. Annex 1: Implementation Implementing the National Planning Policy Framework.
  20. Annex 2: Glossary Glossary of terms used in this manual.
  21. Annex 3: Documents replaced by this Framework List of documents replaced by the National Planning Policy Framework.