The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. This 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.
National Planning Practice Guidance website
On 28 August 2013 the Government published the National Planning Practice Guidance website. This resource is currently in Beta. The planning practice guidance is in draft form and has not yet been issued by the Secretary of State.
The Department for Communities and Local Government is currently considering comments received on both the content of the draft planning practice guidance and the functionality of the web-based resource.
Once final this will be the first time national planning practice guidance has been available entirely online in an up-to-date, usable and accessible way.