Cutting red tape: submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Cutting Red Tape review of house building
Submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Cutting Red Tape review of house building is a government review led by the Cabinet Office, DCLG, BIS.
CPRE's submission makes the case that rather than seeking further deregulation of planning the Government needs to take steps to address the failures of the housing and property markets outside of the planning system.
While CPRE supports improving rail connectivity between Northern cities, such improvements should go hand-in-hand with local transport upgrades. Investing in public transport, cycling and walking networks that serve towns and villages can be as transformative as big schemes that tend to gather more of the limelight. Indeed it will be essential to improve the economy beyond the big cities if the north is to catch up with the rest of England.
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