Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

The case for a land use framework

13th July 2020

This briefing paper acts as compendium to the Making the best use of our land report from the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission St George's House consultation.

Since leaders in UK land use met at St George's House in February this year, the world has dramatically changed. If Brexit represented an unfrozen moment, Covid-19 forces the hand of decision-makers to act now: we are entering a new era and the decisions we take now will define our new settlement for decades to come.

The paper outlines three key contributions a land use framework can make in England:

  1. Achieving the government's priorities
  2. Resolving conflicts over land use
  3. Contributing to UK leadership in tackling climate change