New NPPF lands today

The main thrust of changes to the NPPF seems to be to encourage the release of more land for housing, especially low-cost and social housing. These are some of the main changes in the new NPPF18:

Councils should now ensure at least 10 per cent of the sites allocated for housing in their local plans are 1.0ha or smaller (68a). This is great news for land owners who have smaller sites and developers who wish to only develop a small number of units, which don’t require as much financing and can be delivered much more quickly. (68a)

The new NPPF also includes direct support for the development of windfall sites (68c). These are defined as “sites not specifically identified in the development plan". This is a useful clarification given that so many developers are looking to make use of windfall sites.

New local authority planning policies and decisions should allow upward extensions to create new homes (118e).

There is a new a policy to make it easier to convert retail and employment land to housing where this would be a more effective use and proposes a policy for making more effective use of empty space above shops and in other situations where land and buildings could be used more effectively (121a).

The new NPPF seeks a significant uplift in prevailing densities, unless this would be inappropriate, it seeks to ensure that applications make effective use of land and maximise its potential (123a).

The full document can be downloaded at







When it comes to choosing the right Architects in Lincolnshire, you need to know what you are looking for. Here are a few tips to help you decide that Richard Jones Associates is the ideal architect for your project.

The benefit of hiring an architect

There are a number of benefits to choosing a professional architect chartered by the Royal Institute of British Architects. We will look at your initial ideas and provide a design that will be created without any obstacles that might occur during the planning permission process which will simplify the route to reach the construction phase.

If you are a commercial client our professional affiliations guarantee a quality performance and this will want to be seen by your funding agency. If you are working on a self-build residential property or an extension to your current home this becomes even more crucial, due to the fact that you are going to be living in it. 

Creating a brief

In order to get the most from our appointment it will help to have a detailed brief. It doesn’t need to be perfect but it should cover the main details. For example, if you are building a house then this means discussing the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and the form of architectural style that you prefer, any materials that you want to be used in the construction and whether or not you want an open plan design.

Look around you

It might help to look around the area and see similar buildings to what you like. Or go on line and save projects that appeal to you. This is a good way of providing a visual reference when talking to us about your ideas.


It is worth remembering that when you are working with an architect that this is a collaborative project. When you are discussing a project with us, you should feel comfortable discussing the budget, for example. We will be able to detail what we can do within your budget to a reasonable level. We also have extensive experience working with local planners and building control officers as this will help to deal with any potential permission issues. 

We are here to help

At Richard Jones Associates, we want to provide you with the best possible designs to suit your dream construction project. This will be about balancing out ambition with practical considerations. Aesthetic quality is important, but equally you want something that fits the people that will be using the space day in and day out. So it is about getting something that will work for your requirements and within your budget.

Contact us today and we will be happy to discuss your proposed project in more detail. 

0150 760 5582

  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Google+ Icon
  • Grey Houzz Icon