Revised National Planning Policy Framework launched – President’s comment

The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 20 July 2021 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

This revised Framework replaces the previous National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012, revised in July 2018 and updated in February 2019.

Commenting on the revised framework, the Institute’s President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, said:

“We welcome the greater emphasis of trees and woodlands in the new Planning Policy Framework. The policy to ensure that new streets are tree lined is long overdue, as schemes often fail due competing demands for space and there has been some difficulty in getting newly planted tree lined streets adopted by Highways. This policy puts trees first. Tree professionals, working with landscape, engineering and planning professionals can ensure impactful street tree planting, with large trees having room to flourish above and  below ground. To get this done well, the important role of tree officers must be recognised and appropriately funded as they are at the forefront of the decision making and maintenance.”

The online searchable version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework is available now.

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