Multifunctional Land Use Framework

A Rough Guide

This guide is designed to demonstrate why a Multifunctional Land Use Framework could bring benefits for people making decisions about land use, and how it could be implemented.

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What is a MLUF and why use it?

How it could work

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A Bit of Background

The Rough Guide brings together insights and learning from FFCC's work developing and testing a Multifunctional Land Use Framework over the past five years. We’ll add other examples as we hear about them.

Our work is informed by on-the-ground experience from two pilot programmes in Devon and Cambridgeshire and conversations with farmers, landowners and local communities, policymakers and other experts.

Why is a Multifunctional Land Use Framework needed?

Land is a limited resource. The Royal Society estimates that the UK would need additional land twice the size of Wales to meet all the targets set by governments over the last few years.

Government has proposed a Land Use Framework for England as a solution to these challenges. Our research shows that a Multifunctional Land Use Framework - that allows land to provide multiple benefits - is the most promising way to meet the many demands made on land and optimise delivery of social, economic and environmental objectives.

How would it change things?

A country that works better for everyone

A Multifunctional Land Use Framework could mean better decisions are made about how land is used – ensuring that new housing is close to public transport, that we grow enough of the healthy food we need, that rivers are clean and flood risks – and droughts – managed, nature is restored, green energy increased, and carbon sequestered – and more.