Green infrastructure given emphasis in planning guidance
The government has updated and strengthened the green infrastructure section in its planning practice guidance for England. The documents now refer to the 25 Year Environment Plan; clarify the links between green infrastructure, health and the economy; and include a section on 'net gain'. For more details, click
Landscape protections need reform, says review
England's countryside protections are fragmented, misunderstood and sometimes marginalised, according to the interim report of the designated landscapes review commissioned by Michael Gove MP. In a letter to the former environment secretary, Julian Glover, the review’s lead, said that governance of national parks was particularly in need of reform, claiming that boards are often too big and don’t do a good job...