It revealed that over half, 55 per cent, of our green and pleasant land is unprotected. This doesn’t include National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and green belt, which the Prime Minister has been keen to reassure is remains safe.
It is precisely this unprotected land which could be at risk if the draft National Planning Policy Framework goes ahead without considerable amendment.
Where there is no Local Plan in place, as is the case for many Local Authorities, according to the draft NPPF there should be a ‘default yes’ to planning applications for (undefined) sustainable development. In the absence of a local plan, and without any kind of protective designation for so much of our countryside, we could see our landscape altered beyond recognition.
Claire Graves, National Trust Senior Press Officer