NPPF fails to give locals a say

A meeting at Canolfan Deilen Las, Craflwyn © National Trust

A meeting at Canolfan Deilen Las, Craflwyn

Latest update 26.03.2013 16:43

Research published today by the Trust and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) suggests that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is failing to give local people a genuine say in shaping the future of their communities, falling short of the Government’s own localism ambitions.


Published by Government a year ago today, after our campaign to secure vital protections for land, the NPPF was intended to stream-line the planning process while promoting sustainable development and putting local communities at the heart of the planning system.


Local authorities were given just 12 months to update and adopt their Local Plans, which set out where development should take place in a local area, in consultation with local communities. Any authorities who fail to have an adopted Local Plan in place by today (27 March 2013) will be subject to the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ in the NPPF – local authorities will be required to approve development proposals ‘where the development plan is absent, silent or relevant policies are out of date’.


Read more about the report on the Press Office blog.