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Concerns expressed over planning reforms

Posted 26 August 2011
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Concerns expressed over planning reforms
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Those who like to go walking or enjoy the outdoors in other ways have been urged to have their say on government proposals to shake up the planning system in England, which include aspects concerning development in national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

It noted organisations like the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have major concerns.

The CPRE has claimed the plans would weaken the ability of communities to stop new developments and has drawn up a list of locations it believes are under threat from these.

Among these are the proposed new airport at Lydd near the Kent Downs, the planned High Speed 2 rail project running through the Chilterns and several windfarms around AONBs in the north of England.

The National Trust is also troubled by the plans, claiming they could lead to "unchecked and damaging development on greenfield sites in and around towns, cities and villages".