MPs are to carry out an inquiry into the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), it has been announced.

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is expected to open its new investigation in spring next year with its report due after the summer recess.

Committee chair Clive Betts told Planning he expected a call for evidence to be launched in February or March.

He said terms of reference had yet to be determined, but that the committee had previously expressed a desire to look into the practical effects of the NPPF once it had been given “time to bed down”.
Betts said he expected prominent topics to include: greenfield construction, housing supply levels, developers’ behaviour toward authorities without local plans in place, out-of-town development, the success of “town-centre first” policies, and new energy developments.

“To an extent we’d expect submissions of evidence to influence the shape of the inquiry,” he said.

“We’ll be very interested in clear examples of where concerns are being raised about the impact of the framework: Particularly from planners – or anyone else – with hard examples of cases where applications have been accepted despite appearing to be in conflict with what we believed the NPPF was about.”

The committee previously published a 244-page report on the draft NPPF in December 2011.