National Planning Policy Framework: What is it?

National Planning Policy Framework
The National Planning Policy Framework has been updated that aims to assist decision makers approve proposals to improve existing renewable energy sites (Image credit: Getty Images)

A new revision to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will aim to increase the emphasis on beautiful housing, and give local authorities power to reject low-quality housing schemes.

The NPPF revamp announced on 5 September will reward high-quality house designs and make it mandatory for councils to produce local design codes, which increase the emphasis on ‘beauty’ in development.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.