As outlined in our response to the consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, the proposals focus disproportionately on securing an increase in the number of consents for housing developments, despite the system’s failure to build out the consents that developers already have. This reflects a commonly (and mistakenly) held view that a lack of supply is blighting the housing market and that only through the freeing up of more land to ease demand will things improve.
Countryside protection policies still have teeth, says Paul Miner. Here’s why.
22 Ideas That Saved The English Countryside is a new book written by Peter Waine, former CPRE chairman, and Oliver Hilliam, senior communications and information officer at CPRE.
Well, we’ve now had a good read of the Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) recommendations on how to speed up and simplify the process of making local plans and I fear it hasn’t filled us with much more optimism than our initial read gave us. That scan suggested the focus is much more on releasing land for housebuilding rather than creating good local plans and so it is.