27 Jul

NPPF may ease supply of houses for sale in Somerset

NPPF may ease supply of houses for sale in Somerset

The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should increase the supply of houses for sale in Somerset and other rural areas, Savills has said.

Yesterday (July 26th), the government published a draft version of the 60-page document for consultation, which will replace over 7,000 pages of current planning guidance.

The aim is to streamline the planning process and give local planning authorities (LPAs) greater control over how new homes are developed in their areas, potentially leading to a greater supply of properties to rent in Hampshire.

In line with this goal, the NPPF will encourage LPAs to adopt a "say yes" attitude to new housing development, according to Sam Stafford of the Savills planning team.

"The NPPF contains a presumption in favour of sustainable development that states that LPAs should approve all individual proposals wherever possible, especially where the local plan is out of date," he said.

"Given that only 22 per cent of LPAs have core strategies in place, the presumption will apply in the vast majority of areas."

The new system is also hoped to address a number of areas of rural development that may have proved frustrating for people looking for houses for sale in Devon and other rural counties.

This includes the provision of more rural housing for family farms, better conditions for commercial farms and a faster, simpler decision-making process for development.

"Rural estates and British farming have an enormous part to play in helping the economy recover and a revised planning system should assist," said Anthony Oliphant, head of Savills Rural Development Services.

"Yes, it needs protection but the British countryside must become a more reactive canvas."

Following a consultation process that will last until October 17th, the draft NPPF is expected to be adopted later this year, hopefully marking the start of a new phase of development for the UK's countryside.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800636449-ADNFCR

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