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Roberta Blackman Woods MP, Labour's shadow planning minister, said in response to reports on BBC Sunday Politics that DCLG had wanted to have more time before changes to planning, expected in this week's Budget, are published:

"We would be extremely concerned if Treasury pressure means that sufficient care and attention has not been given to resolving the problems with the draft NPPF.

"The draft lacked sufficient clarity to enable sound decision making and as written could cause huge risk to the environment and chaos in the planning system. I hope the final version strengthens the criteria for sustainable development and gives better protection to green spaces."

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