The Government has published a draft National Planning Policy Framework for public consultation. It is the biggest reform of planning for over 50 years and it is likely to place the Peak District National Park and local countryside under threat from the developers.
Pressure on the Peak District from damaging development may grow because of:
*weakening of policies that currently strictly control major developments in national parks
*changes to Green Belt policy which would allow building which would previously have been restricted on the borders of the national park
*loss of emphasis on brownfield regeneration – as a result of the removal of the national brownfield target and failure to promote efficient use of land
*the creation of new neighbourhood forums that will have the power to give planning permission but will be set up in such a way that they could be dominated by businesses rather than local residents
*weakening of the ‘town centre first’ policy by removing office development from the sequential test which prioritises the use of land in towns and cities first
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