Chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins, has an interesting piece in the The Guardian today, rather begrudgingly accepting that the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (published yesterday) strikes a ‘sensible’ balance. It is worth a read here. The Telegraph also back the revised guidance, summarising the changes here.
- Defining ‘sustainable development’ to include the local environment, not just economic development.
- Requiring development of brownfield sites before others.
- Letting local and accountable councils lead the way with with local plans – the new guidance applies where there is no plan or it is out of date.
- Clear green belt protections that are not trumped by the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
- Greater powers to prevent garden-grabbing.