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After the decision notice

CPRE Essex trustee John Drake relates his personal experiences of trying to improve a development after planning approval. His report will be an invaluable resource to all campaigners who want to ensure local authorities use all of their powers to ensure new developments have the best possible design and minimise their impact on countryside and communities. It will also illustrate some gaps in process and available powers.

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New planning arrangements for extensions and changes of use

This submission to the Committees and Local Government Select Committee outlines what CPRE believes are the most pressing questions on the new planning arrangements, and includes background briefings on questions for the Planning Minister.

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Planning campaign briefing 1 - Development Plans

Development Plans are the legal bedrock of all local planning decisions. This, the first in CPRE's new series of planning campaign briefings explains how Development Plans can help fill in the detail now lacking in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and provide many opportunities for community campaigning. The briefing gives advice on ensuring local authorities meet their environmental and social responsibilities, and how to support parish councils and community groups seeking to prepare neighbourhood plans. The briefing also provides analysis of law and policy changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and the NPPF (March 2012).

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Planning Campaign Briefing 10 - Wider Countryside and Protected Areas

The NPPF recognises 'the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside'. This will not end development threats, but it should help ensure that building on green fields is not an option of first resort. This briefing highlights the potential of existing and new local landscape designations to protect green spaces and includes campaign tips and an analysis of law and policy changes introduced by the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012.

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Planning Campaign Briefing 11 - Tranquillity

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) uses the term tranquillity for the first time in national planning policy. This can apply to relatively confined local areas as ‘Local Green Spaces’ or potentially more extensive ‘areas of tranquillity’ worthy of protection. However, the tranquillity of the countryside is likely to be under greater threat than before as a result of the development and growth policies in the NPPF. This briefing shows how to ensure tranquillity is included in your local plan.

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Planning Campaign Briefing 12 - Minerals

The National Planning Planning Framework (NPPF) replaces most of the previous planning policy guidance on minerals. A supplementary Technical Guidance document covers minerals policy in respect of proximity to communities, dust, noise, land stability, restoration and aftercare. This briefing highlights the importance of checking local Minerals and Waste Plans against the NPPF and includes campaign tips and an analysis of recent law and policy changes. 

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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) leaves established policy for Green Belts largely unchanged.  However, Green Belt land is likely to be under greater threat than before as a result of the development and growth policies in the NPPF. Strong local campaigning to influence planning policies, reviews, and applications can help protect the Green Belt. It is also possible to create new Green Belt if the relevant policy tests can be met.

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The purpose of this briefing is to assist understanding of the reforms to the town and country planning system introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and the NPPF (March 2012) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). It outlines the main changes and the issues to be aware of (Analysis) and advises on specific campaign topics (Campaign Advice).

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This planning campaign briefing shows how strong local campaigning can help protect important landscapes from inappropriately sited energy developments. The briefing includes campaign tips and an analysis of law and policy changes introduced by the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012.

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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has reduced transport policy from 45 pages down to just two. In addition, while one of the NPPF's core planning principles calls for the ‘fullest possible use’ of walking, cycling and public transport, elsewhere it is stated that developments should not be refused on transport grounds ‘unless the residual impacts are severe’. This briefing gives our top tips on how to use the new planning guidance to make transport an integral part of your local plan.

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