The NPPF Consultation – Dartmoor, Exmoor and our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty under threat – PLEASE OBJECT.

Did you know that Devon’s National Parks – Dartmoor and Exmoor & our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are at serious risk from housing developments under new Government proposals, for which consultation ends at 11.45pm on 10th May?

The draft of a proposed and revised NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) is currently out for consultation to everyone and we are asking for everybody who cares about our countryside to take immediate action please to object to the new wording, which is vague and ambiguous and leaves our beautiful and currently protected landscapes at serious risk from development.

CPRE Devon will be challenging many of the proposed changes, but there is one particular clause and issue which we are asking for your help with.

The omission and addition of a few words in the proposed NPPF document has huge implications for some of our most precious and valued landscapes. If this wording goes unchallenged, it will result in these areas being handed to developers ‘on a plate’. We have to fight tooth and nail to stop our National Parks and AONBs being sacrificed to unnecessary building.

Paragraph 115 of the existing NPPF says: “Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty.”

But these key words are omitted in the proposed version. The new Paragraph 170 says only: “Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

The original key words are vital
. What is the point of National Parks and AONBs if they are not afforded the highest level of protection against inappropriate development which would harm the landscape and scenic beauty? So we need to act fast.

And we are asking you to help. Here’s what to do:
go to –

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-revised-national-planning-policy-framework

Go to the foot of the page where is states ‘Ways to respond’ and click on ‘respond online’ and once you have filled in your personal details, respond as follows:

Your objection is under Chapter 15. Conserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment. After the first section about added protection for trees, for Question 25 in the ‘any other comments ’ state your objection, or you could copy and paste the following:

I am objecting to the replacement of NPPF 115 & 116 from the previous NPPF guidelines into the new guideline of NPPF 170. Under the previous framework, sections NPPF 115 and 116 set out clear, unambiguous tests that had to be passed before building could take place on National Parks and AONBs. This provided clarity for all parties – developers, councils, planner, objectors, homeowners and other interested parties.

The new wording of NPPF 170 is so vague and ambiguous that it opens the door for developers to build right across our National Parks and AONBs. It has omitted the key words “which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty”. These words must be retained in NPPF 170.

Then submit your response and sign out.

NB: The closing date for submissions is 10th May 2018.

Thank you for your help. We must fight to protect our precious landscapes.