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Environmental groups challenge planning reform

29 September 2011

Six bodies representing a range of environmental professions have united in a joint letter to HM Planning Minister, Greg Clarke MP, expressing their concern over the current planning reform proposals from Government. 
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Royal Meteorological Society, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Institution of Environmental Sciences, Arboricultural Association and Institute of Fisheries Management challenged the proposals under the draft National Planning Policy Framework as they currently stand. 
The signatories urged the Government to exercise due caution in rushing out the reforms and in particular to re-examine its use of the term 'Sustainable Development', which they consider to be a 'gross mis-representation' of the principle. They also questioned the 'draconian' rationalisation of planning guidance.
The group considers that the Government’s proposals represent a capitulation to a powerful commercial lobby group and will result in a 'builders' charter' to develop at the cost of wider local and environmental interests as opposed to considering economic, social and environmental factors in a balanced manner which respects the principles and recognised definitions of Sustainable Development, and the best interests of all in society.






































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