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Definition: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. It sets out the Government’s requirements for the planning system only to the extent that it is relevant, proportionate and necessary to do so. It provides a framework within which local people and their accountable councils can produce their own distinctive local and neighbourhood plans, which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities.

Paragraph 1, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012

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