Development Management DPD - Revised Proposed Submission

Ended on the 16 May 2014
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(1) Section 2: National Planning Policy


2.1 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. It provides a framework within which councils can produce their own distinctive local plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities.

2.2 The NPPF does not change the statutory status of the development plan as the starting point for decision making. Planning law requires that applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the development plan, including this Development Management DPD, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

2.3 At the heart of the NPPF is a presumption in favour of sustainable development. The Government wishes to see this emphasised in the Local Plans of Councils through the inclusion of the following policy.

2.4 Proposals for new buildings and the change of use of land in the area covered by this Plan should contribute to the delivery of sustainable development. This means that development should support the local economy, provide social benefits and protect and enhance the natural and built environment. In order to achieve this, the Council will take a positive approach and apply the presumption in favour of sustainable development contained in the NPPF.

Policy P1 - Sustainable Development

The Council will work proactively with applicants to find solutions so that proposals which improve the economic, social and environmental conditions in the area can be approved where possible.

Planning applications that accord with the policies in this Development Management DPD and other Local Plan documents will therefore be approved without delay, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Where relevant policies in the Development Management DPD or other Local Plan documents are considered to be out of date at the time of determining development proposals decisions will be made in light of how or whether appropriate up-to-date evidence affects the intention of the relevant policy, in the context of the NPPF, together with other material considerations.

Where there are no local policies relevant to the application, then planning permission will be granted unless material considerations indicate otherwise taking into account whether:

  • Any adverse impact of granting permission would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole; or
  • Specific policies in the National Planning Policy Framework indicate that development should be restricted.
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