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Planning issues

The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework

We believe the NPPF will place all of our countryside – including the Peak District National Park – under increasing threat.

It does not commit to the principle that the countryside should be protected for its own intrinsic character, beauty and heritage. Instead, it places the countryside under increasing threat and leaves local communities and planning authorities largely powerless in the face of developer pressure.

We have grave concerns that pressure on the countryside from damaging development will grow due to:

  • Less control of major developments in national parks
  • Allowing building in the Green Belt
  • Lack of ‘brownfield first’ regeneration
  • Neighbourhood forums dominated by businesses rather than local residents
  • Pressure for increased car use
  • Reduction in the supply of affordable housing
  • Weakening of controls over outdoor advertisements, including billboards

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Or visit the national CPRE website for information