The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) finally came into force in England on 27 March 2012 following a high profile battle between pro-development stakeholders and environmental campaigners. This programme looks at the NPPF and its likely impact.


The NPPF replaces over 1000 pages of pre-existing policy with a mere 50 pages. Its new presumption in favour of sustainable development represents a major change in direction for planning policy, potentially opening the door to development previously hindered by out-of-date or slow moving local policy.

This programme is a studio-based interview with an acknowledged expert.

Key learning points:

  • The points of contention and its ambition
  • What is meant by the presumption in favour of sustainable development
  • Neighbourhood Development Plans and Orders; Community Right to Build
  • Planning obligations and National Policy Statements
  • The transitional arrangements

About the contributor

Nigel Howorth is a partner at Clifford Chance. He specialises in planning, environment and public law. His expertise includes property development, energy and renewables projects, environmental and health and safety issues in respect of corporate mergers and acquisitions, advising on climate change law and environmental disputes and litigation. He is the Head of Clifford Chance's Global Environment Group and Co-Head of their Climate Change Group. He is also a member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

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