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April 26, 2018

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The last 10 gardens to win ‘Best in Show’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

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Children help promote flower festival -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gardens line-up announced for RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Urban chic wins top show garden honours at Harrogate -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Peabody invites tenders for Thamesmead’s Landscape and Green Infrastructure Strategy -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

30 years at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Mark Gregory -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Top international designers to gather at Singapore Garden Festival 2018 -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Yorkshire horticulturist sees life’s work immortalised -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Civils Expo returns to Birmingham this October -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sensory tours of the famous rose garden -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Final four young landscapers selected for Young Landscapers Award -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Plant power, pollination and urban innovation at Chelsea Flower Show 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hunts Engineering celebrating double milestone -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Outdoor Creations celebrates 10th Anniversary -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hard Landscaping features on Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden -

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Monday, April 23, 2018

National Children’s Gardening Week -

Monday, April 23, 2018

BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members -

Monday, April 23, 2018

GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille -

Monday, April 23, 2018

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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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