Posts Tagged 'NPPF'

May news

Planning: The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is now in place. This is 49 pages of planning policy to replace thousands of pages of national policies. One of the main principles is for a “local plan-led system” and at Mid Suffolk District Council there are the current Local Plans and Core Strategy documents which should be in line with the NPPF. Part of this, and in line with the Localism Act, is the creation of Neighbourhood Plans. This is for our local communities to decide whether to produce a Plan to suggest what development they might want in the area. It is a complex process and Mid Suffolk is currently working through ways to help.

While there is a reduction in paper the actual planning process is still in place and those involved will look at how the NPPF is interpreted in relation to day to day planning decisions.

Haughley Playing Field equipment: Mid Suffolk were pleased to be able to contribute a small grant towards the fundraising efforts for new play equipment on Haughley Playing Field. This has been a great effort in getting all the funding necessary and preparing the ground ready for the equipment to be installed in time for the Jubilee weekend.

November news

There has been much discussion in the media lately on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) especially in relation to the issue of retaining the countryside for its own sake.  Other issues raised include keeping the provision to build on brownfield land first, before considering greenfield sites, and providing a better definition of sustainable development.  Mid Suffolk has submitted its response to the consultation but there is concern that the Framework, overall, is skewed towards urban centres and does not fully consider impacts on rural areas.

The Big Tree Plant ( is a campaign by Defra and The Forestry Commission to plant more trees in England over the next four years.  Funding is available for local groups who wish to plant trees in their community.  For communities that want to do this Mid Suffolk’s tree officer has offered to give help with completing the application form and giving general advice on tree-planting.

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