Shapps: no second consultation on NPPF

Housing minister Grant Shapps has ruled out holding a second consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Housing minister Grant Shapps
Housing minister Grant Shapps
Last night, Shapps took to micro-blogging website Twitter to say that reports that the government would launch a second consultation on the controversial NPPF were "plain wrong".

He said: "Consultation ended Mon. We'll now read all responses. No second consultation."

A well-placed source had told Planning that the Department for Communities and Local Government would publish a second draft of the NPPF for consultation.

Planning was told that the second draft version of the NPPF would have a consultation period of four weeks.

But a DCLG spokesman said: "This is untrue. There will not be an additional consultation for the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

"The consultation closed on Monday, and we will then carefully consider all the suggestions made and publish the final document in due course."

The consultation on the first draft of the NPPF closed on Monday, with the National Trust – one of the most vocal critics of the reforms – handing over a petition with around 210,000 signatures demanding that the government make major changes to the document.

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