Planning white paper: Why plans to restrict development in ‘protected’ zones offer no additional environmental protections

Green groups are alarmed at proposals for a wholesale reform of the planning system but how, in particular, could proposals to require local authorities to zone land into three categories – including ‘protected’ areas in which development would be restricted – affect the environment? Conor McGlone investigates

by Conor McGlone
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty protect in the Shropshire Hills. The government says its proposed reforms will protect sites like these. Photograph: Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty protect in the Shropshire Hills. The government says its proposed reforms will protect sites like these. Photograph: Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images

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