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Planning concerns lead to new contamination campaign

The Environment Industries Commission (EIC) Contaminated Land Working Group is launching a major campaign next week in response to concern within the industry over sustainability failures in the proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

According to the EIC, more than 10,000 contaminated land sector professionals are calling for greater safeguards in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) current proposals in the NPPF. The EIC has said the framework fails to reflect the fundamentals of sustainable development and is campaigning for this to be changed before the framework is adopted.

“The draft framework does away with the “brownfield target” that at least 60% of new homes should be built on previously developed land,” said EIC director of policay and public affairs Michael Lunn.” This not only leads to greenfield land becoming the cheaper, more appealing option for developers, but is likely to see widespread job losses within the remediation sector and brownfield plots left abandoned, remaining an ongoing to blight to local communities – to us, this seems far from sustainable.”

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