Nick Boles has announced a review of planning policies in National Parks with the intention of ensuring the right balance between encouraging economic development and protecting the environment.
The planning minister’s announcement came last week during a debate initiated by Simon Hart MP.
In his closing remarks, Mr Boles said he wanted a conversation between MPs and representatives of the National Parks on 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 Boles added that he was making no promises about what changes the government might be inclined to support, and when, if at all, they might be willing to act. But he said he would approach the matter with an open mind and ask his officials to work up some of the proposals.
In an MP briefing circulated before the debate, the NFU called for a discussion on the balance between the weight attached to protection of the landscape in the Parks and economic development.
We are therefore very pleased by the announcement and eager to contribute to the review.