No accounting for taste: NPPF and design

In contrast to the fanfare which greeted the original National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) when it was published in 2012, the updated document was released without much flourish at the end of July.  Although it now looks markedly different compared to its 2012 predecessor, the final copy has remained largely unchanged from the consultation draft which was released in March.  However, an addition has been made to paragraph 130 of the NPPF, pertaining to design and specification changes which happen after a scheme has been approved: “Local planning authorities should also seek to ensure that the quality of