DCLG ministers 'to water down NPPF'

Claims that the government intends to water down its proposed National Planning Policy Framework feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph reports this morning that planning minister Greg Clark has hinted that he would amend the NPPF following criticism from countryside campaigners. It says that Clark has suggested that the 'brownfield-first' rule, which exists in current planning policy but which was omitted from the first draft of the NPPF, will be reinstated.

Supermarkets' total trading space would increase by 50 per cent if all applications currently submitted for stores were to be granted permission, the Guardian reports. Quoting figures produced by property specialists CBRE, the paper says that 80 per cent of current applications are for out of town sites.

The Scotsman reports that councillors in Edinburgh have overruled advice from their own planners and insisted on changes to a hotel development in the city's historic Old Town. Period features are to be incorporated into the hotel's design, despite fears that this will lead to a pastiche development, the paper says. The hotel is planned for a site left undeveloped since 2002 when a fire destroyed several buildings in the area.

Finally, the Western Mail reports that Cardiff City Council has drawn up plans for a new transport network to help alleviate congestion in the Welsh capital. It says that the project would cost between £21 and £31 million and that the council will be seeking funding from the Welsh government next year.

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