Recent documents have been released which are suggesting a relax on planning laws and permission could be given even in the most protected national parks. This is to accelerate development. The deadline for councils to apply to host an investment zone is 14 October. The government says the zones “will benefit from tax incentives, planning liberalisation and wider support for the local economy” and will be granted after a “rapid” selection process. Key planning policies to ensure developments are well designed, maintain national policy on the green belt, protect our heritage and address flood risk, highway and other public safety matters along with building regulations will continue to apply.
Should these regulations be reconsidered, is the environment under danger?