National Planning Policy Framework.   The Bill that is supposed to have simplified planning rules from 27th March 2012 for England.  Contains many principals on which planning is based,  including the central one of a presumption in favour of  sustainable development: although sustainability is not well defined: development = growth.  It also seeks to make planning a creative and collaborative exercise in finding ways to enhance and improve the places in which we live our lives.  Yet, it does not give local communities the same rights of appeal as developers have.

Other principals include an aim to develop ‘brownfield sites first'; although this is not a strict requirement.  It also aims to recognize the value of the natural environment and the role it plays in wellbeing;  and the role of the historic environment in giving a  sense of place : but neither seem strict requirements.   The NPPF also aims to improve design standards.

The key area plan under the NPPF is the LDF.  Council’s have one year, to April 2013 to come up with an agreed LDF.

The draft NPPF which was put forward on 25 July 2011, cause a great deal of protest from organizations such at the National Trust, Woodland Trust, and Council for the Protection of Rural England.   The draft was called a developers charter, and a licence to concrete over our countryside.   Although the final document alleviated some concerns,  it still lacks conviction on a number of areas including protection for the environment, and what exactly the measures of sustainability are.   It is felt that the NPPF will give rise to many more appeals, and will not hasten the planning process – which was a central aim.