Revised NPPF and incorporation into DCP

The finalised version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework was issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 24 July and what follows is how we intend to incorporate it into DCP.

The new NPPF has confirmed or altered key proposals and policies including
-    The introduction of a housing delivery test for local authorities in November this year.
-    The importance of design standards is emphasised.
-    The reinstatement of "social rent" in the NPPF's definition of affordable housing.
-    The policy on green belt alterations has been revised.

As this document came into force with immediate effect it is important for the DCP manual to reflect these changes as it will be used in making decisions on application proposals and in appeal proceedings. On the very day the revised NPPF was released we identified the most important aspects of the revision and added details to the Editor’s Notes feature of the manual.

The following is an outline of the actions that the DCP editorial team have and will take in response to the release of the revised NPPF.

1.    All completed September 2018 update sections were immediately reviewed with any references to the original NPPF updated to reflect the revised NPPF.

2.    Key aspects of the NPPF revision have been identified where it has confirmed or altered important proposals and policies. The corresponding ministerial advice DCP section have been selected for special priority October update. These sections include:
- 7.13 where the revision states that from 2020 the presumption in favour of sustainable development will be applied where delivery is below 75 per cent of the housing requirement;
- 4.251 where it is stated once established, green belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional circumstances, through the preparation or updating of plan; and
- 4.012 where it is stated that the creation of high-quality buildings and places is 'fundamental' to what the planning and development process should achieve. For a full list of these key sections to be updated click here.

3.    For the remaining DCP ministerial advice sections where the NPPF is mentioned (for example 7.231 Retirement housing), these will be updated by the end of December to reflect the revised NPPF changes.

Whilst this update process is being undertaken, the DCP Editorial team are happy to take calls from subscribers to discuss impact of the revised NPPF on specific issues or to provide more detail on what is being updated. In addition please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the above or if you feel a particular section should be added to our priorities list in light of the revised NPPF.

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