National planning policy is the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Paragraph 15 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that local plans should be based upon and reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development, with clear policies that will guide how the presumption should be applied locally. It creates an expectation that all plans subject to examination should reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
The Planning Inspectorate has published model wording to assist local authorities in their plan making to reflect the presumption in favour of sustainable development and so meet the expectation in the framework. The Planning Inspectorate considers that the model wording, if incorporated into a draft local plan submitted for examination, is an appropriate way of meeting this expectation alongside any other aspects of a plan that may need to reflect the approach of the presumption:
The Planning Inspectorate does not have any plans to issue other model wording.