The policy section provides access to the chief planning legislation produced by the Government as well as other planning related documents, reports and statistics.
Access the latest planning policy, circulars and guidance documents as well as consultations and letters to chief planning officers
The National Planning Policy Framework is a key part of Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.
Draft planning practice guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework has been published on a dedicated website in Beta.
Existing guidance will not be cancelled until the new guidance is published in its final form.
The Government is committed to a radical reform of the planning agenda giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals.
Details of current English planning documents including Planning Policy, Good Practice Guides and circulars
Details of archived English planning documents including Planning Policy, Good Practice Guides and circulars
Planning policy is supported by legislation, this mainly takes the form of Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments.