The NPPF – the national planning policy framework – was introduced by the state administration to encourage more development following the crash of 2008. The NPPF replaced fifty years of planning law and caused concern among planners. Since its introduction firmer guidance has been given but it still leaves much to be interpreted.
Unfortunately, many counties and boroughs are not as robust as they could be in their approach to their own development of planning policy (Elmbridge is one of the better ones but could do considerably more).
This means that in many parts of the country mediocre developments are being permitted because of the lack clear, firm reasons against them.