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Greg Clark responds to Telegraph article on planning and brownfield sites

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Planning Minister Greg Clark responds to an article in the Telegraph suggesting the draft National Planning Policy Framework does not encourage…

Planning Minister Greg Clark responds to an article in the Telegraph suggesting the draft National Planning Policy Framework does not encourage the use of Brownfield sites for development.

Dear Sir,

It is wrong to suggest that the draft National Planning Policy Framework does not encourage the use of Brownfield sites for development (14 September 2011). The draft framework states that “plans should allocate land with the least environmental or amenity value”. That means, of course, using derelict land when considering where to develop in the future. But it also allows restored green space that was once in industrial use - such as urban nature reserves - to be protected. Our reforms will give power back to local communities to decide the areas they wish to see developed and those protected away from the interference of Whitehall.

Greg Clark MP
Planning Minister