Northwest Focus: The Urban Turf War
The shift in emphasis from the development of greenfield to brownfield sites precipitated by Planning Policy Guidance note 3 was a development Manchester property lawyers expected to take in their stride. Three years after its appearance, Stephen Sorrell assesses how far that expectation has matched up to reality
In 2000 the Secretary of State for the Environment issued the latest version of Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 (PPG3), which provides advice on the role of the planning system in relation to housing policy. The publication provoked significant media coverage, particularly about the emphasis on brownfield rather than greenfield development. Three years on, it is now possible to review its impact on development and look at other more recent government initiatives that are driving forward a more sophisticated approach to urban renaissance.
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