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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said that the reform of planning laws will protect Green Belt and, for the first time, back gardens and playing fields.
He told BBC News that the aim of the reforms is to take planning "out of the hands of lawyers" and into the hands of communities, and to speed up the decision-making process.
The Government's new "streamlined" planning document, the National Planning Policy Framework, stands at 72 pages. It is not quite the 50 pages that was promised, but an improvement on the 1,000 pages that it claims to replace.
Charities opposed to the relaxation of planning laws have cautiously welcomed the National Planning Policy Framework:
Greenpeace has reacted to the Government's reform of planning laws with this warning:
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that future generations will be thankful for today's reform of the planning system in the UK:
The Minister for Communities and Local Government Greg Clarke has said that the National Planning Policy Framework strengthens council policies encouraging brownfield sites to be brought back into use.
Minister for Communities and Local Government Greg Clarke is announcing his proposed changes to the planning system in the House of Commons. He said that communities have come to see planning as "something done to them rather than by them".
The head of the National Trust has said that, if draft legislation is anything to go by, the Government's reforms to the planning system will mean that developers always win over other interests. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
John Hitchcox, a property developer, has told Sky News that he is concerned the reform of planning laws will make development even harder by giving more control to local communities.
Latest ITV News reports
The most radical shake up of the country's planning laws has been published today and countryside campaigners fear it risks greenbelt land.
The government will publish reforms to the planning system, which have been the focus of a bitter dispute with countryside campaigners.