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Threat to AONBs & National Parks withdrawn after widespread protests

With something of a U-turn, the Department for Communities and Local Government has just withdrawn proposals to allow the conversion of farm buildings in National Parks, AONBs and Conservation Areas into up to three dwellings, without the need for planning consent.  Protesters, including the National Trust, the Council for the Protection of Rural England and other conservation camapaigners, had argued that this would lead to the suburbanisation of such areas.

Instead, the DCLG will now be releasing new guidance designed to encourage national parks into accepting barn conversions.


26 Feb 2014



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