Amendments were made to the NPPF yesterday (Tuesday 20th July 2021) to reflect emerging government policy positions.
Introducing a requirement for buildings to comply with local design guides and more generally to be “beautiful” in line with the government response recommendations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s 2020 report;
Encouraging more trees in new developments - including “tree-lined streets”;
Greater restrictions on Art 4 directions intended to limit Permitted Development Rights to change use to residential;
Requirement to improve biodiversity as part of design, not just incorporate measures; and
Emphasising the importance of the retention in situ of statues where possible.
“The amendments to the NPPF present no real surprises. The changes have all been presaged in recent government policy announcements. But if you are preparing an application, report, statement or proof of evidence not only will you need to add in references to the new provisions as appropriate, you’ll need to re-visit your NPPF references generally as all paragraph numbers from para 54 onwards have changed - again!” - Nigel Hewitson
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