National Planning Policy Framework
National Planning Policy Framework sets out the government’s
planning policies for England.
The Framework is an important part of the government’s reforms
to make the planning system less complex easier to understand. It
vastly reduced the number of policy pages about planning.
The Framework sets out planning policies for England and how
they are expected to be applied. It provides guidance for local
planning authorities and decision-takers, both in drawing up plans
and making decisions about planning applications.
The Framework does not contain specific waste policies, since
national waste planning policy will be published as part of the
National Waste Management Plan for England.
The Framework should be read in conjunction with the
government’s planning policy for traveller sites. Local planning
authorities preparing plans and taking decisions on waste on
travellers’ sites should also to account of the policies in the
There are no specific policies for nationally significant
infrastructure projects in the Framework. The Secretary of State
determines these in accordance with the Planning Act 2008 and
relevant national policy statements for major infrastructure, as
well as any other matters that are considered both important and
relevant (which may include the Framework).
This supersedes all previous Planning Policy
Guidance and Planning Policy Statements.