Reform reassurance

MEMBERS of Chichester Harbour Conservancy should be reassured that planning reforms will not put at risk Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Coalition government is committed to safeguarding the natural environment and has made this very clear in the draft reforms by ensuring strong protections for the green belt, ancient woodlands, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many other natural areas.

Our streamlining of the planning system does not give the green light to development everywhere or development at the expense of the environment.

Along with protections for the environment our planning reforms go further by putting power into the hands of communities so they decide for themselves the areas they wish to see developed and those that should protected, in contrast to being imposed upon by top-down targets.

Bob Neill MP,

Local Government Minister