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Understanding and implementing responsive planning policies

Publication date:  September 2020
Publication reference number:  INFO 976

This guide is intended to help local authorities understand the requirements of the responsive planning policies in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD).

It explains how local authorities must consider private plan-change proposals for developments that are unanticipated or out of sequence as outlined in the NPS-UD Objective 6(c), Policy 8 and Subpart 2 – Responsive planning. It provides advice on applying the NPS-UD but not how a local authority must assess the merits of individual private plan-change proposals.