Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NPPF: Clark hints at brownfield compromise

Planning minister Greg Clark has suggested the government may be willing to make concessions around the wording of brownfield development in the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

Speaking at a British Property Federation event yesterday, Mr Clark said the proposed watering down of the “brownfield first” development presumption currently in the planning system could be revisited.
CN reported on 14 September that the brownfield wording would be the likely “olive branch” offered to the stringent opposition from conservation groups including the National Trust.
The draft NPPF - currently out for consultation - proposes scrapping the rule which prioritises development on previously developed land.
The impact assessment into the document says the removal of national brownfield targets would mean councils “will have greater flexibility in allocating and bringing forward land”.
Some of the NPPF’s most vocal supporters - including the British Property Federation - have previously said they support a policy of developing brownfield sites first.
And speaking at the BPF event National Trust director general Dame Fiona Reynolds said brownfield first was a “really helpful policy”.
Mr Clark said: “The question of brownfield sites has been an issue of debate. One of the things that we express in the document is the requirement that sites of the lowest environmental value should be brought forward first, that seems to me to be very sensible. If in so doing people think that there is come desire not to prioritise the re-use of derelict land then that is something the consultation can address”.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.