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Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Labour’s Shadow Planning Minister, ahead of tomorrow's expected publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), said:

"The Government’s planning reforms could cause widespread chaos with many developments held up, while the courts decide how to interpret this radically new and untested approach. This would both harm the house building we desperately need and put our countryside and green spaces at risk of unwanted development.

"We all want growth, but the fact is that economic success is about much more than the planning system. The Government should be putting their efforts into producing a strategy for jobs and growth instead of an ill-thought through plan to allow development in any circumstances.
"I hope that the revised version recognises the concerns we have raised. It must have a rigorous brownfield first policy, clear transitional arrangements and a strong definition of sustainable development. Anything short of this will be bad for growth, localism and our environment."

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