Broad, bold and comprehensive

How ambitious will the final Land Use Framework be?

30th November 2022

The House of Lords Land Use Committee is due to report on 13 December.

In committing to develop a Land Use Framework for England, government said it would ‘reflect and respond’ to the Committee’s recommendations, so this is a critical moment to ask how broad and ambitious the final framework will be.

A truly comprehensive framework could create real public value - helping the government to meet net zero, combat the energy crises, tackle biodiversity loss, support sustainable farming and see good new homes built in the right places. It would provide the practical steps to make sure local communities are involved in decisions – avoiding endless planning delays and access truly innovative and creative solutions.

FFCC pilots in Cambridge and Devon are helping to show how a Land Use Framework could work in practice.

Share the evidence

Scroll down to read and share the evidence from experts, local leaders and citizens around England for a Land Use Framework that is bold, broad and comprehensive.

Experts agree that...

this is a chance to work towards a broad Land Use Framework ...

"The need for a Land Use Framework has never been greater, and the number of voices calling for one is growing. We need to seize the moment and work towards a framework that is bold, broad and comprehensive."

Dame Fiona Reynolds, FFCC Commissioner, Co-Chair of FFCC Cambridgeshire

... that allows communities and local institutions to be part of the solution ...

"It’s great to see clear messages already emerging from the pilot projects designed to test out a Land Use Framework. People are eager to be involved in solutions and don’t want to just be dismissed as nimbies. They accept the need for new housing, local food solutions, better energy infrastructure and all the other challenges a Land Use Framework could help to answer."

Sir Michael Barber, policy delivery expert and Founder/Chairman of Delivery Associates

... to drive progress in many different parts of life towards the kind of country we want to live in.

"Finding a better way of making decisions about land use is a vital part of building the sort of country that we all want to live in – where everyone has an affordable home, energy is secure, green and lower cost, rivers and beaches are clean, transport does what it’s meant to, the food supply is sustainable, nature is thriving and bountiful, and we are all happier and healthier because we have green space and nature around us."

Sue Pritchard, FFCC Chief Executive

Momentum is building across sectors

"We have to move away from the silo approach ... To have real impact the Land Use Framework needs to address and strengthen strategic links between agriculture, nature, food, diets, health, homes, infrastructure, energy, carbon, pollution and climate change ... the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission proposed adding green infrastructure, renewable energy production, food security and timber to existing targets. It’s the correct approach."

Donna Rourke, Head of ESG, BNP Paribas Real Estate / Strutt & Parker

What problems would a broad Land Use Framework solve?

Stories from communities across England

Housing Crisis: new rural housing is being penalised for a problem that isn’t theirs

Sustainable transport: getting decision makers round the table is a barrier to safe cycle routes in Derbyshire

Clean rivers: intensive agriculture is polluting the River Wye

Food security: finding new sites is a barrier to food growing in Cambridgeshire