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Our draft revised National Planning Policy Framework makes it clear that in rural areas, planning policies and decisions should be supportive of housing development that reflect local needs. The Framework retains the rural exception sites policy that promotes affordable housing led development in rural areas.
The revised draft Framework also acknowledges that in rural areas, sites may need to be found outside existing settlements, to meet community needs. We are currently analysing responses to the consultation and intend to publish the final version of the Framework this summer.