Policy paper overview: National Planning Policy Framework

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

Applies to England

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National Planning Policy Framework

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The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 20 July 2021 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

This revised Framework replaces the previous National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012, revised in July 2018 and updated in February 2019.

The online searchable version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework is also available.

The planning practice guidance to support the framework is published online.

The archived National Planning Policy Framework published in 2012, 2018 and 2019 can be accessed at the following:

Published 27 March 2012
Last updated 20 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Revised National Planning Policy Framework 20 July 2021

  2. On 23 May 2019 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement to remove paragraph 209a from the revised National Planning Policy Framework following a legal judgement. To this effect, the paragraph has been removed, and a correction slip has been inserted at the end of the document.

  3. Added updated National Planning Policy Framework.

  4. Added revised National Planning Policy Framework.

  5. First published.