Monday 25 July: Immediate criticism

Campaign for Better Transport dubbed a leaked version of the plan a “manifesto for sprawl and congestion”. The organisation’s chief executive, Stephen Joseph, warned that the way that the document is written meant that pretty much any development will get approved and would result in “a lot more car-based developments with housing and offices in places without public transport and with links that will make it difficult, or actively dangerous, to walk and cycle around”.

Shaun Spiers, of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, said: “There will be battles against development that will make the public revolt against the sale of forests look like a tea party. Although they say protected landscapes will still be protected, it seems it is open season for the rest of the countryside.”

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