Map shows Doncaster at risk

7th Feb 2012

Our national office has launched a report with detailed new maps showing that 55 per cent of England’s countryside could be at increased risk from development as a consequence of the Government’s reforms of the planning system. This equates to an area almost three-and-a-half times the size of Wales.

Excluding areas with nationally recognised designations, such as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), as well as Green Belt, we found that the majority of England’s countryside could be at increased risk of development and urban sprawl. For decades English planning policy has recognised the intrinsic value of the wider countryside, including undesignated areas. The draft National Planning Policy Framework, which is due to be finalised shortly, omits this policy.

In Doncaster, the figures confirm what we've has long feared.

The Doncaster map clearly illustrates how 42% of land in the borough will be unprotected if the National Planning Policy Framework goes ahead as it is. The east of Doncaster is still not protected by green belt. If the NPPF goes ahead unchanged then areas that are valued by local communities will be at even greater risk from speculative building and development.”

There is much loved – but undesignated countryside – across the whole of South Yorkshire. We want to see the Government recognizing its value. We don’t want a national policy that prevents all development, but we do want decision makers to take account of the intrinsic value of our countryside for its own sake when they are considering development proposals in the future.