Your voice on planning
A stronger planning system
By 2026, the current emphasis on economic development in planning will be replaced by an integrated, sustainable approach. A new Government-wide initiative will ensure that land use is considered when drawing up economic and social policy. New methodologies, such as measuring quality of life instead of Gross Domestic Product, will help to promote this.
Quality of life
A new focus of the planning system will be on increased use of the “countryside next door”, within a few minutes walk of where people live. Development will be completed sensitively, retaining countryside character while encouraging access and recreation.
Green Belt policy will remain unchanged because of its continued relevance. The system retains its flexibility, though, and some adjustments of particular Green Belts continue to be made in the interest of wider sustainability.
Engagement with civil society
Pre-application consultation will ensure people can continue to have their say on the planning decisions that shape the places where they want to live and work, while protecting the environment. Early engagement means that CPRE and other environmental groups welcome sensitive new development, which are to the benefit of people, business and the environment.
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