I’ve only had a very quick look at the government’s planning policy that was unveiled yesterday. It’s not my area of expertise and I would have to be led by others as to its overall impact.
But I find it interesting to note that everyone seems to be claiming that they ‘won’ – which is a funny old result for any battle.
National Trust – welcomed the changes that have been made.
Wildlife Trusts – generally positive welcome. Not a word of criticism. Quite an interesting take on things.
CPRE – a very good and balanced analysis – this is worth a read.
RSPB – it’s a victory for wildlife (and the RSPB) and the RSPB welcomed the new planning guidance.
Buglife – can’t find a comment but they’ll be a bit worried, I guess, about the undesignated but very good brownfield sites.
Butterfly Conservation – welcomed the commitment to sustainable development but worried about the detail.
Friends of the Earth – definition of sustainable development (at least having one!) is good but the devil is, again, in the detail.
RTPI – welcome the changes but think that the document is confusing and ambiguous. An interesting read.
CLA -a very positive welcome just as you’d expect.
NFU – couldn’t find anything yesterday evening.
CBI – glad the government held its nerve and reduced the drag on growth from the planning system.
Caroline Lucas MP – the Government’s continued obsession with growth still poses a serious danger to our natural heritage
Zac Goldsmith MP – on Twitter, the greenest Tory of them all congratulated the National Trust and CPRE on their campaigning and Greg Clark on having listened. Zac made quite a difference himself. Glad I haven’t any chance of living in Richmond or else I would have seriously to consider voting for him. Phew!
So, everyone’s pleased apparently. Some through relief that it isn’t as bad as it could be and some because it’s not as good as it could be. But the game has changed and now Local Authorities need to get their plans in place. Has your’s? I haven’t a clue whether mine has.