Heritage body warns development could occur on a scale not seen since the 1930s
The National Trust has spoken out about its “grave concerns” that the government’s planning reforms could lead to unchecked development in Britain’s rural areas.
Speaking out following the publication of the draft National Planning Policy Framework, the National Trust’s director-general Fiona Reynolds said: “The National Trust believes in growth as we all do – but not at any cost.
“Development that works must pass a triple bottom line test – by showing that it meets the needs of people and the environment as well as the economy.
“Despite some warm words to this effect, the document makes it clear that development is to be encouraged, even urging local authorities to promote more development than is in the plan and over-allocate land for housing.”
Planning minister Greg Clark yesterday published the draft framework, which favours sustainable development.
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