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Fixing our Broken Housing Market - Woodland Trust response to the Housing White Paper
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In May 2017 the Woodland Trust sent its formal response to the Government’s Housing White paper, published in February 2017.
In order to make good the Government’s clear aspiration to improve protection for ancient woodland and aged and veteran trees, National Planning Policy Framework should be updated to give improve clarity for developers and local planning authorities alike, thereby speeding up decision making and reducing uncertainty.
Given that ancient woodland only covers 3% of England’s landmass, the country’s housing needs can be fully delivered without negatively impacting on ancient woodland or aged and veteran trees.
We are continuing to press the Government on planning policy and are awaiting a formal response.