Will pro-development planning reforms come at an environmental cost?

Jamie Carpenter: Pro-development measures proposed as part of the government’s latest planning reforms may clash with other policies within the draft planning framework which are intended to protect the natural environment

Jamie Carpenter, editor, ENDS Report
It is not clear to what extent the proposed revisions would actually strengthen planning policy on net gain – Jamie Carpenter, editor, ENDS Report

Seven years ago, the publication of a draft version of the key planning blueprint for England, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), unleashed a storm of protest. In the weeks and months that followed, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government felt the full force of protests from backbench MPs, countryside campaigners, and the Daily Telegraph, which in a succession of stories warned of the threat posed to the countryside by the proposals, under the banner of its “Hands Off Our Land” campaign.

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