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What is national policy?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s main planning policies for England and how they are expected to be applied. The NPPF is supported by the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) which provides further context. The PPG is only available online and you can sign up for email alerts to be informed of any changes. It is intended that the NPPF and the PPG are read together.

The overall aim of national policy is to ensure the planning system allows land to be used for new homes and jobs, while protecting valuable natural and historic environments.

In addition to the NPPF there are other national planning policies on Waste, Travellers, Planning for Schools Development, Section 106 planning obligations on small-scale sites, Sustainable Drainage Systems, and Parking. Government Policy may also be altered by a Written Ministerial Statement.

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