Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has failed in a legal bid to have the UK’s National Planning Policy Framework overturned. The NPPF is one of the UK’s main planning policy documents and was first published in 2012. The document put years of planning policy in one place and introduced scores of planning reforms. Friends of the Earth argues that the government’s revised NPPF, published last year, is in breach of EU law because it hadn’t gone through a “strategic environmental assessment”. Specifically, they argue that the NPPF falls within the SEA Directive’s definition of a “plan or programme”.
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