The revised version of the NPPF (20 July 2021) has now been published.
Measures to improve design quality feature heavily within the amended document.
The overarching social objective of the planning system has been amended to include the fostering of “well-designed, beautiful and safe places”.
There is a new requirement for Local Authorities to produce local design codes or guides consistent with the principles set out in the National Design Guide and National Model Design Code, which reflect local character and design preferences.
The new National Model Design Code documents were published alongside the revised NPPF.
Improvements to biodiversity should also be integrated into design.
Development that is not well-designed or fails to reflect local design principles is liable to be refused.
A greater emphasis is placed upon ensuring that new streets are tree-lined and that opportunities are taken to incorporate trees elsewhere in developments.
Paragraph 11a has been expanded. It now states that for Plan-making, all Plans should promote a sustainable pattern of development that seeks to: meet the development needs of their area; align growth and infrastructure; improve the environment; mitigate climate change (including by making effective use of land in urban areas) and adapt to its effects.
Where larger scale developments such as new settlements or significant extensions to existing villages and towns form part of the strategy for the area, policies should be set within a vision that looks further ahead (at least 30 years), to take into account the likely timescale for delivery.
New restrictions have been placed upon Local Authorities in terms of their use of Article 4 directions to remove national permitted development rights.
Our Planning and Urban Design Team at JB Planning Associates’ looks forward to working with Clients to deliver attractive and well-designed development schemes that accord with the content and aspirations of the updated NPPF.
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