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Caroline Spelman, speaking to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today (Sunday), said the British economy has become unbalanced between rural and urban areas and pledged a rural renaissance. She said a more sympathetic planning system will help the rural economy to grow.
She added: ‘As the prime minister said, we should cherish and protect our beautiful landscape for everyone’s benefit.
‘That is why we will maintain protections for the green belt, for national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.’
Ms Spelman also said plans to introduce a new green area designation would allow people to protect green space from unwanted development.
The national planning policy framework, which simplifies existing rules, has proved controversial. Campaign groups including the Campaign to Protect Rural England claim it threatens the countryside