Following weeks of debates over the National Planning Policy Framework, the consultation period has now come to a close. Around 210,000 signatures, collected online, in local communities and at National Trust properties across England have been handed in, with people up and down the country expressing their concerns that the potential changes to the planning system would result in chaos.
Peter Nixon, director of conservation at the National Trust, said:
“The people of this country truly care about their local community, their local environment, and their local economy, and that has clearly been demonstrated over the past few weeks. Talks with the Planning Minister have been positive but it is vital that this widespread public concern is recognised in the final document.”
“The range of organisations speaking out on this issue reflects the scale of changes needed to make sure that planning works properly, and does not lead to chaos and planning by appeal.”