In essence, the content of this section of the revised NPPF is much the same; there are some added points and change in the language used, but fundamentally the majority of content has been carried forward from the 2012 NPPF. This section has now been broken up with sub-headers addressing ‘planning for climate change’, ‘planning and flood risk and ‘coastal change’.
The revised NPPF reinforces the importance of planning for climate change and being proactive in this. The opening paragraph sets the tone for this section, supporting the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate, taking full account of flood risk and coastal change.
The majority of changes in this section are focused on the planning and flooding sub-section, with no significant changes regarding climate change and coastal changes. Within the planning and flood risk sub-section, there is a stronger emphasis on the future situation and the cumulative impacts.
The most significant changes in this section are:
There are slight alterations in the language which give more emphasis to certain elements and some new additions. Generally, the profile of the whole section has been raised, which reflects the wider Government targets of addressing climate change. However, there are no significant changes that are going to revolutionize how we approach the topic of climate change, flooding or coastal change.
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