As political pressure increases to deliver more housing of any type, the opposite reaction to tighten environmental constraints by further guidance to National Parks in the determination of major developments continues. The report even suggests guidance to ensure there is greater protection to prevent development adjoining but not inside National Parks. The difficulty with calling for greater consistency of outcomes is in decision making between National Parks that fails to acknowledge that the circumstances and locations in which they have been created are often entirely incomparable. While environmental interest groups and large corporate charities continue to refuse acknowledge this, then it will be difficult to resist their characterisation as offering overly simplistic solutions to complex and competing development and environmental drivers.
The Campaign for National Parks, the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England believe that the protection for National Parks should be strengthened.