Category Archives: NPPF

The Red Tape Challenge Grinds on: Where will it end?

  Last week the Guardian reported that my MP Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office Minister, had met with officials from Natural England and the Environment Agency. Apparently he proposed that all environmental (wildlife, landscape, air pollution, noise etc etc) guidance … Continue reading

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Deregulation: RBS, Bonuses and the Big Bang

Just to recap then, the Royal Bank of Scotland went bust because of the gambling culture that had developed in the financial services industry. This came about because of deregulation in the late 1980s – at the time it was … Continue reading

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The Government’s Conflicted State on Biodiversity

I just wrote this for former Labour biodiversity minister Barry Gardiner MP’s IPOAK website – I don’t know when he’ll post it but you can read it here now. The new England Biodiversity Strategy “Biodiversity 2020” and the conflict at … Continue reading

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The Emasculation of Natural England Part 2 continued

There is some media interest in the story about Natural England being converted into a delivery agency for “sustainable” development today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8926553/Hands-Off-Our-Land-Natural-England-English-Heritage-to-be-forced-to-promote-more-building.html The Tory(?)graph got it wrong, as usual, as it suggested the new restrictions were on time limits for … Continue reading

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The Emasculation of Natural England – Part 2

Natural England was unpopular with this Government even while they were in opposition. Opposition spokesmen like Nick Herbert had already been complaining in 2009 that Agencies like Natural England, paid for by public funds, should not be publicly criticising their … Continue reading

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Community Involvement in Local Planning: More Information needed

While there has been much furore over the National Planning Policy Framework, equally significant are changes via the Localism bill, such as the introduction of neighbourhood plans; and the enthusiasm to involve local communities in the planning process – which … Continue reading

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From Bad to Worse: planning and wildlife: a case study from Oxfordshire

With all the furore over the NPPF and just how bad it will be for the environment, it is easy to forget that the current planning system is still failing to protect the very best surviving areas of nature, for … Continue reading

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