Guidance on "greening" of development plans

Environmental considerations were brought closer to the heart of Britain's land use planning system on 10 February with the publication of new Department of the Environment (DoE) guidance on development plans.1 It makes explicit for the first time the contribution which structure and local plans can make to sustainable development.

The guidance reflects changes to the planning system made by the Planning and Compensation Act 1990 and subsequent regulations.

Planning authorities have now been placed under a general new statutory duty to take environmental considerations into account in preparing plans, and to consult major conservation agencies when doing so.

The new guidance, PPG12, points out that "most policies and proposals in all types of plan will have env

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