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What has the NPPF done for you? - April 2014

Published 15 April 2014

The Commons Select Committee has announced an inquiry into the first two years of operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Committee specifically wants to hear about the impact of the framework on:

  • Planning for housing
  • Town centres, and
  • Energy infrastructure

The Committee is inviting submissions on how the NPPF has worked in practice since it came into operation in April 2012. If you would like to feedback your experiences to the Committee, written submissions are requested in accordance with the Committee's guidelines by 5pm on Thursday, 8 May.

Smarter Environmental Regulation Review focuses on residential development

In parallel with the NPPF review, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced a review of environmental legislation, as Phase 2 of its smarter regulation initiative. The review will initially focus on the three industry sectors of:

  • Waste
  • Residential development, and
  • Carmaking

It plans then to test its findings on other sectors.

DEFRA is calling the review "a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set a clearer direction for environmental legislation". Only options that will meet all of the following five objectives will be considered:

  1. Deliver environmental policy outcomes more effectively and efficiently;
  2. Reduce unnecessary burdens, costs and process and free up capacity for responsible business to innovate and grow;
  3. Are practical and feasible in either the short or longer term;
  4. Aid the efficiency and effectiveness of regulators who enforce the environmental legislation;
  5. Deliver clear overall benefits taking account of risks to the environment, business or other key stakeholders.

DEFRA acknowledges that success will be dependent on significant input from stakeholders and practitioners and says the Panel will look for all available opportunities to draw on stakeholders’ experience and expertise. If you have any comments, views or ideas on how environmental legislation is working for or against you, you can contact the Smarter Environmental Regulation Review team direct at SERR@defra.gsi.gov.uk.


Anne Harrison

Anne Harrison


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