Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has outlined a policy framework that recommends developments provide access to nature and include schemes to improve biodiversity.
During a speech to think tank Policy Exchange, Mr Jenrick added that all new streets will be planted with trees as part of an effort to plant 7,000 hectares of woodland a year.
The announcements form the first part of the government’s planning reforms, with a planning bill due to be unveiled this Autumn. Under the reforms, a zonal system will prevent homeowners from objecting to developments in their area.
Ministers believe that overhauling the planning system is crucial if the government is to hit its target of building 300,000 houses a year by the middle of the decade.
The announcement offers an opportunity for a well-funded, efficient regime designed to encourage development in rural areas
Responding to this announcement, CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:
“We support and encourage well-designed developments that recognise the importance of the landscape – and rural communities can often reap the rewards.
“But the CLA has long been calling for a simplified planning system which encourages economic growth in smaller rural settlements. The Covid-19 crisis has made the costs and delays associated with the planning system more painful than before. So, the announcement offers an opportunity for a well-funded, efficient regime designed to encourage development in rural areas.
“With this in mind, proposals for street trees can make a valuable contribution to the built environment, help tackle climate change and increase biodiversity, but the scale of the task to plant 7,000 hectares of woodlands per year shouldn’t be underestimated and will need careful consideration and planning for it to be successfully carried out.”