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June 20, 2018

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Laburnum anagyroides Yellow Rocket takes best in show at New Plant Awards -

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Perennial helps children of horticulturists with new Child Bursaries -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gardens on APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners’ World Live showcase industry talent -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rare Eden pollen sent off to Germany for breeding project -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stark & Greensmith joins the RHS for new garden screen Parterre range -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2018 winners announced -

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

British bred and grown Veronica hoping for a win -

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show -

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Etesia fleet for Greenfingers -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

London’s Limmo Peninsula enhanced by Wildflower Meadow -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bradstone features in medal winning garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Perennial launches online budgeting tool to help manage finances -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Battling skin cancer after a decade in landscaping -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Darlington’s Cocker Beck receives TLC from Husqvarna -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Makita launch two BL LXT Linetrimmers and Dual-Purpose Grass Shears -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Record numbers gaining the RHS’s most prestigious qualification -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Preview: National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Brian Herbert on the BALI Leadership in Action Development Course -

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

International call for ideas to re-imagine London’s Grosvenor Square -

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ecoscape

Landscape Institute assesses the new NPPF

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The Landscape Institute is assessing the long-awaited draft of the new NPPF, and its implications for landscape. The document represents changes to a crucial area of policymaking, and the LI wants their members to have their say.

New Policy Manager Benjamin Brown invites help to formulate a response and influence government.

On Monday, the UK Government published its first major revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) since its initial publication in 2012.

The draft is currently up for consultation, and the LI need input to make sure landscape isn’t forgotten. The deadline for responses is 10 May, and this will be a major focus for the policy team during the coming two months.

The new NPPF: at a glance

There are a number of notable inclusions. Better protections for ancient woodland, reference to cycling infrastructure and changes to viability assessments that could make it harder for developers to dodge affordable housing commitments are all welcome.

But just as important is what’s not in the Framework. The chapter on Green Belt, for instance, is slim, and may represent a missed opportunity for positive reform. And while some of the wording from the government’s recent 25 Year Environment Plan is present, could it perhaps make a stronger commitment to achieving net environmental gain?

Not all the changes are new. This new draft wraps up smaller changes made in recent years, such as:

  • proposals made in previous consultations, including those around commuter hubs and starter homes
  • changes made through Written Ministerial Statements, such as the Decemeber 2014 statement on Sustainable Drainage (PDF)
  • legal decisions that have impacted the interpretation of these planning policies

For further information about the proposals, visit the gov.uk website. The most important documents are the first two:

  1. A summary of the proposals (PDF)
  2. The full draft text of the NPPF (PDF)

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