Friday 29 July: Simon Jenkins column in The Guardian

An extract from today’s Simon Jenkins column – link for the full piece is below.

This localism bill will sacrifice our countryside to market forces – Simon Jenkins

With parliament in recess the government this week sneaked out the most astonishing change to the face of England in half a century. A “national planning policy framework” replaces all previous regulation and encourages building wherever the market takes it, crucially in the two-thirds of rural England outside national parks, green belts and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Farms, forests, hills, valleys, estuaries and coasts will be at the mercy of a “presumption in favour of sustainable development”. The “default response” to any planning application is to be “yes”.

 

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