High Densities – the NPPF’s solution to the housing crisis?
In the planning tug-of-war of unattainable housing need and design quality, higher density development should be encouraged, with caution.
The revised NPPF encourages higher densities in areas of high housing demand. On the face of it, the reinforcement of good design in achieving sustainable development is to be applauded. The detail of the NPPF focuses on delivering housing numbers, with much reliance placed on local policies and assessments to identify a suitable mix of house types and sizes.
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