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Department for Communities and Local Government

Review of Government Planning Practice Guidance




On 21 December the Government welcomed the Report of the Review of Planning Practice Guidance led by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, and announced a short consultation on the Review Group’s recommendations.

On this site you can find out more about the Review Group, read their Report, get involved in the online discussion on their recommendations, and respond to the consultation. The consultation closed on Friday 15 February 2013.

Scope of this consultation

The Review Group were asked to consider:

i) the existing suite of planning practice guidance either owned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), or owned jointly by DCLG and other government departments or agencies; and

ii) what new practice guidance may be needed to support effective implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework.

This consultation refers to the Report of the Review Group which makes recommendations as to the scope and form of practice guidance that should be provided in future by Government to support effective planning; what new or updated practice guidance should be published, with clear priorities; and what guidance should be cancelled.

The Government will take into account views submitted on the Report of the Review Group, as it considers how to respond to the recommendations.

Geographical scope

Much of the guidance in scope of the review relates to England only, but some of the material, including circulars, also relates to devolved administrations.

Impact assessment

This consultation is seeking views on the recommendations of the Review of Planning Practice Guidance, and does not propose a course of action by Government. Therefore an impact assessment has not been produced.