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Other Government Planning Policy


The Government, through the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has produced the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This was published in 2012 and replaced all previous guidance such as Planning Policy Guidance notes (PPGs) and Planning Policy Statements (PPSs). The NPPF represents the Government's current thinking on planning issues which Councils must take into account in their planning decisions. It is often quoted in other planning documents.

Further information on the NPPF can be found here

In 2012 the Government also published Planning Policy for Travellers sites which can be found here


These documents cover a range of topics and provide further advice and guidance; in particular, Circulars are used to explain national planning policy and regulations more fully. Some of the most commonly used Circulars are:

03/2007 Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007

02/2002 Enforcement Appeals Procedures

05/2000 Planning Appeals Procedures

11/1995 Use of Planning Conditions

15/1992 Publicity for Planning Applications

Information on all current Circulars can be found "here" [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-circulars].


DCLG also produces Good Practice Guidance from time to time. This is intended to support the Government's policy and to advise on the best way of bringing forward new ways of working. Some of the most frequently used guides include:

  • Development and flood risk practice guide: planning policy statement 25
  • Guidance on the Permeable Surfacing of Front Gardens.
  • Outdoor Advertisements and Signs: a Guide for Advertisers.
  • Lawful Development Certificates: A User's Guide.
  • Good Practice Guide on Planning for Tourism.
  • Safer Places: The Planning System and Crime Prevention.
  • Planning and Access for Disabled People: a Good Practice Guide.
  • By Design: Urban Design in the Planning System - Towards Better Practice.

A full list of Good Practice Guidance can be found here


Laws and Regulations

The Development Plan