National Planning Policy Framework July 201824 July 2018 saw the release of the first revision to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) since its initial publication in March 2012.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied.

In Transport terms the principles of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework have remained fairly consistent, focusing on sustainable development and giving first priority to active forms of transport.

There have, however, been some changes in inference but the overriding theme is captured in Paragraph 109 which states – Development should only be prevented or refused on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe.

You can download the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF July 2018) published document by clicking  here.