Charities say NPPF changes are 'deeply worrying'

A claim by the heads of two countryside charities that some of the government's proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) are 'deeply worrying' features in today's newspaper round-up.

In a letter to the Telegraph, dame Helen Ghosh, director-general, National Trust and Shaun Spiers, chief executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England, say the NPPF "was designed to last a generation, but already the government is proposing to amend it." The letter adds: "Some of the proposals are sensible; some are deeply worrying; many are unclear. What is clear is that they will have a major impact on England’s countryside, including the green belt. The government is rightly keen to drive the delivery of new housing; it seems much less willing to consider the environmental consequences. The proposed reforms, which will affect landscapes and communities for generations to come, deserve proper consideration. A seven-week consultation straddling the Christmas break is simply too hurried."

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed to build a "high-ambition coalition" of UK businesses, trade unions and civic society to challenge the government’s "backward" environmental policies, the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that Miliband "said he would throw his energies into rallying support for a cross-party coalition – encompassing business, civic society and religious groups – that was capable of persuading the government to change direction on environmental policy."

The Telegraph reports that Harry Hyams, "one of Britain’s most influential property developers, has died at the age of 87." The newspaper says that "Hyams changed London’s skyline when he built the 398ft Centre Point office development at the junction of Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road in 1963."

The Times (subscription required) reports that bosses at Stansted airport "have called on transport ministers to make faster rail links between the capital and London’s third airport a priority." The newspaper says that "executives have called for the Stansted Express to start living up to its name. Some services take an hour to cover the 30 miles between the Essex airport and London’s Liverpool Street station."


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