Published: 5th Apr 2018

Proposed changes to the UK’s planning framework favour big developers over the needs of communities. The Campaign to Protect Rural England calls for an urgent rebalancing, as Lucy Hawthorne reports It might come as a surprise to find out that the government is currently engaged in a major consultation on planning. Last month’s announcement of proposed reforms to its rulebook for planning, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), hasn’t the sort of heading that says ‘hold the front page’. Planning’s usually seen as a council form to complete during home renovations or for checking new buildings at the end of their street – the territory of council technocrats or government officials, rather than communities and individuals. Yet the planning system is the key mechanism by which the fabric and feel of our built and natural environments are created – and so has a huge bearing on our day-to-day lives and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)