In a bid to end what has to many become known as ‘garden grabbing’ culture and to safeguard our green spaces for many years to come, the government has released a new policy, known as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which has reduced planning and development regulations from what was originally 1,000 pages to a much smaller 50.

The aim of the policy is to make the system much less complex, more accessible and it will give increased control over decisions regarding planning to local authorities, which in turn should help to promote sustainable growth and protect the environment on a much longer term basis. The policy also prioritises previously developed brownfield sites and gives extra protection to gardens and allotments – great news for us anyone who loves GYO!

Love your environment! Love your GYO!