“Areas of outstanding natural beauty and the green belt will be protected”
Nikki Williams, director of campaigning and policy at The Wildlife Trusts, said tree-lined streets are not enough.
She added: “Parks, green spaces and all the areas around our homes must be part of a wild network of nature-rich areas that will benefit bees and birds as much as it will enable people to connect with on-your-doorstep nature every single day.”
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said the biggest overhaul of planning policy in England in decades would protect green spaces while making it easier to build on brownfield sites.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph [“Home is where the heart is, so let us build on that by laying the foundations for a better future”, Aug 2], Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is introducing a new planning system throughout England whereby councils will be asked to earmark three designated areas of land:
1. “Growth areas” – to empower development.
2. “Renewal areas” – to encompass brownfield and urban sites, and
3. “Protection areas” – to include green belt land and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [AONB]
Homes England’s £3bn ‘West of Ifield’ masterplan, within the ancient Parish of Ifield, is green belt land and includes AONB’s and a golf course. Therefore, this would appear to be one of Mr Jenrick’s designated “Protection areas”.
So, perhaps we can at last look forward to a Horsham District Council and Crawley Borough Council Joint Area Action Plan [JAAP], to ensure this protected ancient Parish becomes a designated Local Nature Reserve [LNR] ?
Richard W. Symonds