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Authority submits response to National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code consultation proposals



Authority submits response to National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code consultation proposals

The South Downs National Park Authority has submitted its response to the Government’s consultation on the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and new draft National Model Design Code.

The consultation seeks views on draft revisions to the NPPF to implement policy changes principally in response to the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission “Living with Beauty” report. The independent report encourages the use of high-quality design for new build homes and neighbourhoods.

Meanwhile, the consultation is also seeking views on the draft National Model Design Code, which provides detailed guidance on the production of design codes, guides and policies to promote successful design.

The response, which can be read in full here, was approved by Members of the National Park Authority at Planning Committee on 11 March.

Alun Alesbury, Chair of Planning Committee, said: “The South Downs National Park Authority welcomes this opportunity to comment on the draft revisions to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code.

“We  strongly support the addition to paragraph 175 of the NPPF that any development within the setting of national parks and other protected landscapes should be sensitively located and designed to avoid adverse impacts on the designated landscapes.

“We also welcome the Government’s emphasis on good design and the creation of beautiful places both in the amendments to the NPPF and the draft National Model Design Code.”