The construction industry and environmental groups have responded to planning minister Greg Clark's statement today (March 27th) on the revised National Planning Policy Framework.
In his speech, Mr Clark said the framework had three main objectives to make planning community-focused, enable growth and improve the condition of the UK's countryside, towns and cities.
It was met with positivity by a variety of figures.
John Cridland, the director-general CBI, believes that the framework strikes the correct balance between growth and protecting the environment.
"The onus is on local authorities to work with people and businesses in their area to develop suitable plans as quickly as possible," he said.
His words were echoed by the National Trust's director-general Dame Fiona Reynolds.
"All these changes improve the document and give it a better tone and balance," she said.
Previously, the framework has come under criticism for being too vague in its aim to deliver "sustainable development".