NPPF toolkit

Plainview Planning have launched a bespoke NPPF toolkit to help assess development schemes against the core principles of the NPPF.

The NPPF, when read as a whole, defines what the government believes constitutes “Sustainable Development”, and goes onto state that any proposed development which meets the definition should be approved without delay.

It is now a well-known fact that one of the aims of the NPPF when it as published in March 2012 was to reduce thousands of pages of pre-existing government planning into a single document – 59 pages in length.

However even in its condensed form, it can be difficult to interpret the document “as a whole”. There are still 201 policies to consider, and it is easy for planning professionals and overburdened decision makers to miss vital aspects which could ultimately make the difference between planning approval and refusal.

Worse, this failure to consider all aspects of the NPPF could lead to missed opportunities for the progression of truly sustainable and progressive forms of development – something the government is clearly keen to see implemented.

Plainview Planning has developed a propriety toolkit (the NPPF Toolkit) to assess potential or proposed developments against the NPPF as a whole, and to fully determine a development’s intrinsic “sustainability”. This not only helps to get our planning applications approved “without delay”, but also helps to create positive considered developments.

The NPPF Toolkit provides powerful but easy to understand outputs in line with Plainview’s ethos; helping to support decision makers, whilst also providing a robust methodology and backed up with comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis and evidence accessible if required.

All our retained clients have access to our extensive knowledge base and toolkits. If you are interested in utilising the NPPF Toolkit, or any of our services, someone will be available to discuss your options via or alternatively contact one of our regional offices.