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The Proximity Principle

Why we are living too far apart

The Proximity Principle The Proximity Principle

This report argues that housing and planning policy should be governed by the proximity principle: the idea that compact cities, towns and villages produce the best social, economic and environmental outcomes. Proximity brings people and services closer together, reduces the need to travel and uses less land and energy. Before the development of modern transport, proximity was achieved automatically. Today, it can be achieved with careful planning and intervention by government.

  • Document type: Report
  • Author: Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Format: A4, 32pp
  • Publication date: May 2008
  • The Proximity Principle


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