National Planning Policy Framework

NPPF Ecology

28 Mar 2012

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 27th March 2012 and this new document forms a key part of the Government’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth. The NPPF states that the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing valued landscapes, recognising the wider benefits of ecosystem services, minimising impacts on biodiversity and providing net gains in biodiversity where possible. It is hoped that the policies will contribute to the Government’s commitment to halt the overall decline in biodiversity, including by establishing coherent ecological networks that are more resilient to current and future pressures.

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