The Government is committed to a radical reform of the planning agenda giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals.
The planning policy initiatives that underpin the localism agenda - and which will have an increasing impact on the Government’s work over the next five years - are set out in the document 'The Coalition: our Programme for Government' [PDF].
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.
Investigating the opportunities for improving the planning application process for the benefit of all involved
Find out more here about the national infrastructure Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) planning process, as it applies in England and Wales.
Also view details of anticipated and live project applications for development consent.