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Vacant Land

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the protection of fields from development to prevent urban sprawl.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Government has made it quite clear through the National Planning Policy Framework that in supporting sustainable development it is committed to safeguarding the natural environment and ensuring strong protections for the Green Belt, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many other countryside treasures. Additionally, the framework underlines that planning decisions should recognise the intrinsic value and beauty of the countryside, whether or not it is specifically designated, and expects local councils to take into account in their planning the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land. Moreover, councils should use their local plans to help shape where development should and should not take place and to help prevent unsustainable development or sprawl.

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