The government is currently proposing and consulting on a number of revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The proposed policy changes seek to ensure that the planning system helps to create more attractive buildings and places, whilst still delivering homes and developments that communities need. The changes proposed aim to make beauty and placemaking a strategic theme for the framework and will require: Local authorities to produce their own design codes, all new streets should be tree lines and ensure that improvements in biodiversity and access to nature is secured through design. There are also changes proposed with regards to flooding, the removal of statues, isolated homes and the use of article 4 directives to remove permitted development rights.

The consultation runs until the 27 March 2021.

Alongside this, the government have released and are consulting on the National Model Design Code and its guidance notes, which considers and sets out detailed design guidance nationally and how this filters down to local authorities. All local authorities will be expected to have design codes in place within 3 years.

If you would like to discuss how this could affect your development proposals, call Bloomfields on 01892831600.