Planning in National Parks to be reviewed
NewsTuesday 17 September 2013
The Planning Minister, Nick Bowels, recently announced that a review of planning policies in National Parks will be launched.
The main intention of the review will be to ensure the presence of the right balance between encouraging economic development and protecting the environment.
He made the announcement last week during a debate that was initiated by Simon Hart MP.
It was made in his closing remarks when Mr Bowels said that he wanted a conversation between MPs and representatives of the National Parks.
He said that he wanted the two groups to discuss a number of issues including “the balance between growth, economic and social development and the protection of the landscape, and whether current legislation properly captures what we are trying to achieve and what communities in National Parks want”.
Mr Bowels went on to add that he was making no promises about which changes the government might be inclined to support and when, if at all, they might be willing to act.
He did, however, say that he would approach the matter with an open mind and ask his officials to work up some of the proposals.
The NFU called for a discussion on the balance between the weight attached to protection of the landscape in the Parks and economic development, in an MP briefing that was circulated before the debate.
And the union was therefore very pleased by the announcement and they are eager to help contribute to the review.
Picture: Heather Cowper