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Tough times ahead for our Protected landscapes

toughtimesTandridge-1024-x-448-750x448Britain’s National Parks and beauty spots are under ‘unprecedented threat’ of being built upon due to the Government’s relaxation of planning laws, campaigners warn today.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says that more than 30 formerly protected areas are being considered or approved for large scale housing projects or developments which could leave a permanent scar on the countryside.

More than ten National Parks face being blighted by construction schemes, while designated Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB) across home counties such as Kent, Essex and Sussex are also at risk, campaigners say.

Applications to build on ‘so-called protected areas’ have increased rapidly since the Government reformed planning rules in March last year, making it easier for developers to get permission to build.

CPRE president Sir Andrew Motion is expected to call on the Government to look again at the policy changes and consider providing extra protection for the most beautiful countryside.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477624/The-desecration-rural-England-Outrage-hit-list-British-beauty-spots-earmarked-eyesore-development.html#ixzz2j0XHwPqN

This article was taken from the Daily Mail.