The government has launched consultations on a major overhaul of the National Planning Policy Framework and the reform of developer contributions to affordable housing and infrastructure.

The revision of the NPPF implements around 80 previously announced reforms and the government is seeking views on the wording implementing these commitments. Subject to a consultation on the draft new Framework, the government intends to publish a final Framework before the summer. The consultations close on 10 May 2018.

The government is also considering what further planning reforms could support its housing objective. These would be subject to the outcomes of the Letwin review of build out and future consultation, and include a new permitted development right for upwards extensions and more effective ways of bringing agricultural land forward for housing.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/primeminister-launches-new-planning-rules-to-getengland-delivering-homes-for-everyone; and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/ draft-revised-national-planning-policy-framework; and https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/ uploads/attachment_data/file/685428/Developer_ Contributions_Consultation.pdf