A rallying cry against threats to the nation’s countryside was issued by the Campaign to Protect Rural England today (Wednesday March 27).
Sir Andrew Motion, CPRE’s president, said: “I don’t think this Government wants to wreck the countryside, but it is going to do so unless it changes course. Today the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) comes into full force and it is proving to be ground breaking in all the wrong ways.
“Developing greenfield sites unnecessarily and with inadequate local consultation is entirely the wrong way to make sure that we get the new homes the country so badly needs.
“This is a charter for builders and truly irreversible damage is already underway. It is urgent that something is done about it.”
Neil Sinden, CPRE’s director of policy and campaigns, said: “The Government’s rhetoric is all about localism, but it is now clear that local communities are increasingly powerless to prevent damaging development even in the most sensitive locations.
“It is becoming clear that the reformed planning system is unable to deliver the development we need where it is needed while preventing damaging schemes in the wrong locations. We will be doing all we can to persuade the Government to think again.’
For a major announcement on housing see this Thursday’s County Times.