The NFU has made ten headline recommendations in its response to a government review of rural planning rules.
We welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the joint Defra/Department for Communities and Local Government call for evidence, and to continue to lobby on behalf of our members in an area which impacts directly on their businesses.
In our 2015 Manifesto we called for ‘planning rules that enable farmers and farm enterprises to compete and grow with expanding potential market and conform to regulatory requirements’.
NFU members need a simplified planning system that promotes the rural economy, reduces risk and allows them to react to the external challenges faced by their businesses.
It should support them in maintaining sustainable rural businesses and deliver new efficient buildings, operations and homes. Renewable energy installations also have a key role to play on farm and within modern farming businesses with planning policy that recognises this.