• Planning minister’s paltry assurance on countryside

    6th February 2012 | News | Claire
  • Mr Neill said: “The Government is determined to deliver a simpler planning system which makes absolutely clear the Government’s intention to provide the homes and jobs that the next generation needs while protecting our priceless countryside.

    “The planning system has always enshrined the principle that the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development should be considered in a balanced way – and it will continue to do so. The framework also aims to strengthen local decision-making and reinforce the importance of local plans. It was always our intention to ensure that appropriate transitional arrangements are in place before the new framework comes into force.”