An analysis by CPRE shows that almost half of England’s local authorities (48 per cent) will be without an adopted Core Strategy development plan document on 1 April 2012 when the NPPF is intended to come into force. Almost a fifth (17 per cent) of local plans are still likely to be missing a year later. This means that, if the NPPF is not altered and no effective transitional arrangements for local planning are provided, planning applications in those areas will be decided primarily in accordance with national rather than local planning policy.
“With respect to national policy, besides Planning Policy Statements (PPSs), Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) and Mineral Policy Guidance (MPG), the Draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is capable of being a material consideration.”
“The Council is in the process of preparing its Local Development Framework (LDF) and specifically it’s Core Strategy (CS)...for the next 15 year plan period to 2027. The CS...were published for public consultation and are scheduled to be submitted for public examination sometime in 2012. Given their advanced stage towards adoption, I give these documents more than the negligible weight ascribed to them by the appellant’s planning policy witness.”