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"Ministers want to replace over 1,200 pages of planning guidance with a new 52 page document called the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to clear away red tape and to stimulate development and economic growth.
"Ministers hope that rebalancing the reforms will ease fears of countryside campaigners that the changes will give developers a 'licence to build'. The final draft is being circulated in Whitehall for approval by other department. Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has yet to agree to the final draft.
"The Daily Telegraph understands that the new NPPF includes an explicit 'brownfield first' commitment, which will require councils to favour development in urban areas, ahead of rural parts of England."
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