Climate change is the most urgent and complex environmental issue we face today. The impact of both energy generation and use on the countryside and the climate is growing. CPRE believes the Government should prioritise measures to reduce energy demand, encourage energy efficiency, promote a wider range of renewable technologies and ensure that new energy generation is lower carbon. CPRE’s energy policy highlights these important issues. This version of our policy document has been updated to take account of changes since it was originally produced in 2009.
Our new research has found that housing assessments produced by local authorities (SHMAs) are inaccurate, inflated and unreliable. The housing figures produced by SHMAs are not being balanced with sensible planning for infrastructure, consideration of environmental constraints, and realistic assessments of what housebuilders will be able to deliver.
The full report is also available: Smarter SHMAs: A Review of Objectively Assessed Need in England
This report by Housing Vision with Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design reviews the methodologies used to determine Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing and the problems caused by unclear and unhelpful guidance. It provides solid evidence and recommendations for our report Set up to fail.
A summary of the report is also available: Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside
CPRE believes we need to increase delivery of the right types of housing in the right places. Meeting local needs and supporting local aspirations better through the planning system is critical to achieving this.
Submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Expert Group established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s suggestions for the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of local plan production are summarised here in relation to the ten key factors that we consider currently to be holding back the production of local plans.