27th March 2012 - National Policy Planning Framework now implemented
The final version of the Government's new guidance for planning was published and became effective immediately. Local planning authorities must now produce their own Local Plans setting out policies appropriate to their own areas which reflect this framework within 12 months.
Following intensive campaigning by the National Trust and other groups concerned for the rural environment, the published version is considered to take a more responsible approach to protecting the countryside than the original draft and has been generally welcomed. You can download a full copy of the document here.