New planning ‘guidance’

Always remember that this is not new ‘policy’. It is only guidance. It changes nothing.

For applications and appeals the decision making framework remains primarily the NPPF and the adopted/emerging development plan policies. In some ways the Guidance is an unnecessary irritant. Unhappily it will probably lead to arguments that it requires both resolutions to grant and recent inquiry decisions to be reviewed — which will waste time and money for all involved.

Hopefully, DCLG will make it absolutely plain that the NPPG does not create new policy.

Stephen Ashworth

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Stephen advises in the field of planning, public and regulatory law. His practice concentrates on regeneration, residential, urban extensions/ garden villages and settlements, and infrastructure projects working for both the private and public sectors.

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