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Maintain the existing strong protections on designated land

It means maintaining the existing strong protections on designated land like the Green Belt, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our Verdict

“Designated” areas, often in the countryside, can receive a special status as “protected” due to their cultural significance or natural beauty, for example. These protections include restrictions on construction, activities and development, and laws to protect nature and wildlife.

In the case of this policy, which is a promise to simply “maintain” something, there is not much for the government to do other than not backtrack on existing protections. So far, there is no evidence of backtracking under the government’s mandate; indeed, the recently launched National Parks review explicitly excludes investigating the possibility of weakening existing protections. It is, therefore, safe to mark this policy as ‘done’.

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