A response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Communities and Local Government Committee’s (CLGC) inquiry into litter.
Our Stop the Drop campaign aims to provide short and long term solutions to the problem of litter and fly-tipping in England’s countryside, although the campaign is also relevant to urban and marine areas. We do this through a combination of lobbying, liaison and direct action with national and local government, statutory bodies, other third sector groups, industry and local communities, including by promoting voluntary public action on litter.
This submission will only address aspects of the inquiry to which we can give a considered response.
Why strategic roads need a green retrofit programme
Alongside a dozen other transport and environmental groups, CPRE has set out its aspirations for a 'green retrofit' programme. This would reduce the environmental impact of roads, such as by improving conditions for cycling and restoring tranquillity by tackling noise.
A consultation response from Campaign to Protect Rural England
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on several changes to the planning system.
With recent statistics showing that housing development is decreasing on previously developed sites but increasing on the Green Belt, Removing obstacles to brownfield development calls for Government to implement a range of inventive policies to realise the potential of brownfield house building.
The paper calls for:
the taxation of uncompleted housing for which planning permission has been granted on brownfield land;
improved funding and assistance for brownfield remediation;
special planning measures and state intervention to aid redevelopment;
and the increased use of tax increment financing.
Our manifesto sets out our priorities for the next Government under three themes:
- the right housing in the right places
- the right infrastructure for the right reasons
- a beautiful countryside to sustain us all
The impact of housing land supply requirements on green spaces and local democracy
Our new research paper shows how a loophole in national planning guidance is allowing developers to bypass local democracy and gain planning permission for large housing developments in the countryside. Our paper was informed by a full research report commissioned by CPRE from respected consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff which is also available below.