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Planning reform

  • By London Councils

The government has undertaken significant planning reforms in recent years. Existing national planning guidance was replaced by the slimmed-down National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012. Similarly, the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) document collated existing policy guidance into a single document designed to facilitate streamlined plan-making and decision-making at a local level.

There have also been significant changes to other policies such as planning obligations and permitted development rights in recent years. London Councils actively lobbies government to influence the shape of these reforms and to ensure that borough powers to support growth are enhanced and maintained. We also seek to be a strong public voice for London boroughs on national planning issues and to ensure that the role of local planning in supporting new development is defended and promoted to government.

Our recent consultation responses on government planning policies and proposals are available from in the related documents on the right.