Planning and Affordable Housing

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The National Parks contain thriving, living working communities who contribute greatly to the National Parks. Over 320,000 people live in them, and they are home to 22,500 businesses. Embracing their needs in a way that respects the special qualities of the National Park requires careful planning. The National Park Authorities (NPAs) are local planning authorities for their areas and work with land owners, businesses and local communities to support sustainable development and neighbourhood planning.

Around 90 per cent of planning applications are approved by National Park Authorities, and much work goes into providing early advice and support to help applicants deliver high quality developments. Sustaining the high quality environment of National Parks helps retain their value for tourism, and a host of other local enterprises who benefit economically from these beautiful areas.

Often a different planning approach is required in National Parks to elsewhere in recognition of their sensitivity. One example is the provision of housing. House prices tend to be higher in National Parks, and the NPAs adopt policies to specifically address the shortage of local needs housing, rather than catering for large scale and inappropriate housing development. Successive Governments have sought to reform the planning process and National Parks England aims to ensure the new proposals are fit for purpose in National Parks.


CLG How the planning system in England can support mobile connectivity (August 2015)

Localism in National Parks

ELMS Tests and Trials Summaries

Our Historic Environment: Special landscapes shaped by people (2018)

Farming in the English National Parks

Historic Environment Joint Statement 2015

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in England's National Parks

Policy position statements

Policy Position Statement - National Parks England: Climate Change 2019

Policy Position Statement - Sustainable Tourism - 2013

Consultation Responses

CLG - Local Plans Expert Group (October 2015)

NPE response to CLG consultation on New Homes Bonus (Sept 2013)

National Parks England response - DECC consultation on Surface Development Restrictions for Hydraulic Fracturing (Dec 2015)

CLG Planning Practice Guidance review - response (February 2013)

Greater flexibilities for change of use - National Parks England response (Oct 2013)

National Parks England consultation response -Proposed changes to national planning policy - Feb 2016

Planning Performance and Planning Contributions - National Parks England response (April 2014)

National Parks England response to Planning for the right homes in the right places CLG Consultation (Nov 2017)

CLG Consultation on Amending PDRs for drilling boreholes - National Parks England response

CLG Right to Buy - response (February 2012)

Rural Planning Review - National Parks England response (April 2016)

Sport England Consultation Response by National Parks England - February 2016

DfT-Consultation-on-Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy NPE response May 2016

English Heritage New Model - NPE response (Feb 2014)

National Parks England response to Health and Harmony Command Paper (May 2018)