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It’s time for self-builders to be heard

The government recently issued a consultation paper for the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and has asked for comments. You may recall that the original NPPF came in 2012; it whittled 1,000 pages of policy guidelines down to just 62 and enshrined the ethos of a presumption in favour of pushing sustainable developments. Since then, annual figures for new home building have increased. However, this has been nowhere near enough to meet the chronic housing shortage in the UK.

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