The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.
On 6 March 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the planning practice guidance web-based resource. For the first time, planning practice guidance is now available entirely online in a usable and accessible way. Important information for any user of the planning system previously only published in separate documents can now be found quickly and simply. The user can link easily between the National Planning Policy Framework and relevant planning practice guidance, as well as between different categories of guidance.