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Green Belts in England: Key facts

A series of factsheets on England's 14 Green Belts

Facts, figures and survey answers on England's 14 Green Belts: London (Metropolitan), Avon, Burton/Swadlincote, Cambridge, Gloucester/Cheltenham, North West, Nottingham/Derby, Oxford, Hampshire/Dorset, South & West Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Tyne & Wear, West Midlands and York

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A CPRE policy briefing on the National Planning Policy Framework

CPRE sets out why national planning policy must recognise the intrinsic value of unprotected countryside; define 'sustainable development'; encourage the re-use of brownfield sites and promote affordable rural housing in the right place.

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A Living Countryside

Responding to the challenges of providing affordable rural housing

The fifth paper in CPRE Housing Foresight series identifies a range of solutions to increase and sustain affordable housing in rural areas. These include better funding and guidance, incentives to identify suitable sites, and rural exemptions from national policies which restrict rural affordable housing.

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A Natural England survey into public attitudes towards the Green Belt

Data from the joint CPRE/Natural England report, 'Green Belts: A greener future'

In July and August 2009, Natural England conducted 1754 interviews including questions regarding Green Belt land in England, covering the following aspects of Green Belts: awareness and attitudes; perceived importance; usage and future use. The results were used to enhance CPRE's own surveys to provide reliable data to monitor levels of engagement with the Green Belt over time by measuring number of visits, activities undertaken, distance travelled, and the profile of visitor.

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Affordable Housing Keeps Villages Alive

This brochure considers the need for affordable housing in rural communities and how it can be built to best meet the needs of local people in the long term. Prepared by the National Housing Federation in conjunction with CPRE and other partners.

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Anybody Home?

Empty homes and environmental consequences

This important publication looks at the environmental benefits of reusing vacant homes to meet housing need. It includes national, regional and local measures, which could help bring empty homes back into use.

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Better Brownfield

Ensuring Responsive Development on Previously Developed Land

CPRE's third Housing Foresight paper argues that large scale brownfield sites require a comprehensive approach to development which should adopt best practice from Europe.
It also considers the development of small-scale brownfield sites in England, finding that a register of these sites together with a flexible approach to space standards can make the most of their potential.

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Brownfield comes first

Why brownfield development works

To investigate the extent to which brownfield is a viable option for development, CPRE commissioned construction analysts Glenigan to compare the speed of residential development on brownfield sites with development on greenfield, once these sites have been granted planning permission.

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Brownfield Market Signals

Greenfield housing land supply and the viability of brownfield housing development

Brownfield regeneration has been one of the great unsung success stories of recent years. Land is now developed more efficiently for housing; this has improved the urban environment and protected the countryside from unnecessary sprawl. There is a real danger that short-sighted responses to current economic conditions could undermine urban regeneration schemes in the future.

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