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    Draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

Draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

The Government has published its draft revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The revision consolidates a series of proposals, which have been included in previous consultation documents, including the Housing White Paper and the Planning for the right homes in the right places consultation.

On the consultation page, which also includes links to the consultation on Supporting housing delivery through developer contributions and a research report on Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in England, 2016 to 2017: report of study, the government says:
“This planning reform package is fundamental to delivering the homes we need and ensuring that we get the right homes, of the right quality, built in the right places.”
The consultation on the NPPF is set to close on 10 May 2018 and everyone is invited to respond. The easiest way to do this is via the online form and a copy of the draft revision of the NPPF can be downloaded here.

Most of the changes proposed in the draft NPPF were expected and as such this post merely provides a summary of the points relating to transport.

The revised NPPF is approximately equal in volume to the previous document but most helpful is the new structure, which has been divided up into 17 topic sections. Chapter 9 is a direct replacement of the previous Chapter 4 under the same heading “Promoting sustainable transport”.

Within chapter 9 the following text reflects the previous announcements or consultation proposals:
“Paragraph 103b reflects the housing White Paper proposal that authorities should be expected to identify additional development opportunities arising from strategic infrastructure investment. “

“Paragraph 107 incorporates the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2015 on parking standards.”
Paragraph 107 introduces the notion that maximum parking […]

Budget 2015 – Transport Highlights

Chancellor George Osborne is setting up a new National Roads Fund to pay for highways investment.
Osborne revealed in the budget announced on the 8th July 2015 that cash raised by a revised Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) system will be pumped into road spending. The money raised from VED will be ring-fenced for road investment, something not seen since the 1930s.
Revenue from VED is currently falling as more new cars are exempt due to improving emission standards. Therefore for cars registered after 1 April 2017, VED will be transformed into three bands – zero, standard and premium. The new VED bands will be pegged to emissions – 95% of car owners will pay £140 a year.

Further updates in the budget included no rise in fuel duty this year with rates continuing to be frozen. The Chancellor also boosted business with plans to further cut Corporation Tax from 20% to 19% in 2017 and 18% by 2020.

Queen’s Speech 2015 – Transport Highlights


Yesterday the legislative plans for the year ahead have been unveiled in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. It set out the priorities of David Cameron’s majority Conservative Government. We have below set out what we believe will impact our clients and our industry over the next five years.

The Housing Bill

The Housing Bill will help the Government to deliver on the ambition to help the working population, being designed to ‘offer over a million people a helping hand onto the housing ladder’.


Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

‘‘Schemes like Help to Buy are helping thousands of people who want to buy their own home – but we need to go further. Anyone who works hard and wants to get on the property ladder should have the opportunity to do so, which is why tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech will include measures so a million more people have the chance to do exactly that. And with housing starts at their highest since 2007, we’ll take steps that will get workers on sites and keep the country building.”

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“Our Housing Bill will offer over a million people a helping hand onto the housing ladder. That is what a government for working people is about – making sure people have the security they need to build a brighter future for them and their families.”

The Bill include the following measures:

Extend the Right to Buy scheme; thus offering England’s 1.3 million housing association tenants the opportunity to buy their home at a discount, worth up to £102,700 in London and up to £77,000 in the rest of England.
Dispose of High Value Vacant Council houses; Councils will also be required to sell about 5% of their remaining council stock. These most-valuable properties […]