Welcome changes to planning guidance

I welcome the new planning guidance that has been issued by the Government, in a statement presented to Parliament earlier today by the Planning Minister. The statement addresses several points that I and a number of other MPs have raised with the Department, and amongst other measures within the statement I am encouraged that the Government is: Issuing robust guidance on flood risk, making it crystal clear that councils need to consider the strict tests set out in national policy, and where these are not met, new development on flood risk sites should not be allowed. Re-affirming Green Belt protection, noting that unmet housing need is unlikely to outweigh harm to the Green Belt and other harm to constitute very special circumstances justifying inappropriate development.