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CPRE's Housing Manifesto

We need new housing that is well designed and located, meets local needs and enhances the environment. A strong planning system is vital to achieving this. It can breathe new life into run-down urban areas while protecting the countryside for future generations to enjoy.


CPRE's policy on brownfield land

Land is a precious resource, and must be used wisely. CPRE supports a ‘brownfield first, greenfield last’ strategy as a general principle. However, just because a site is brownfield does not mean it should necessarily be developed.


CPRE's policy on housing

CPRE believes that a healthy, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Our approach to housing policy embodies this belief. Good planning should provide everyone with a decent home they can afford. While housing development can have a significant landscape impact we believe it is possible to avoid sporadic development in the countryside and the unsustainable sprawl of our towns and cities. Meeting the housing needs of rural communities is particularly important if they are to thrive. In the national context of a growing and changing population it is important to meet the need for new housing in England. This document outlines how CPRE believes this can be done without unnecessarily damaging the countryside.


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.


Design and Density Pack

This briefing shows how good design can help deliver new housing at higher densities and in doing so, help reduce the need for greenfield development.


Family Housing

The Power of Concentration
This report shows that higher-density family house building is vital for rebalancing London’s housing stock, stopping the rot of ghettoisation, reinvigorating public transport and local services and giving vital breathing space to the natural environment of the South East. The report reveals that established design expertise exists to do this, and should now be applied much more widely across the capital.


From Wasted Space to Living Spaces

The availability of brownfield land for housing development in England

The Campaign to Protect Rural England commissioned University of the West of England (UWE) researchers to calculate an accurate figure for housing capacity on suitable brownfield land and specify how such land might be brought forward for development. To explore this further, the report considers the economic and policy drivers for brownfield development and how they can bring sites back into use, and analyses a number of local authority approaches to identifying land and engaging with local communities.


Getting Houses Built

How to accelerate the delivery of new housing

This fourth report in CPRE's Housing Foresight series looks at how to accelerate the delivery of new housing in England.


Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has analysed the Government’s brownfield registers pilot scheme. Employing a variety of conservative methodologies, CPRE now estimates that the available data translates to a minimum of 1.1 million homes on suitable brownfield sites across England. More ambitious methodologies put the figure much higher, towards 1.4 million. This suggests that the Government has previously severely underestimated brownfield capacity.


Housing supply research

The impact of the NPPF’s housing land supply requirements on housing supply and the countryside

New research commissioned by CPRE from respected consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff which informed our policy briefing, Targeting the Countryside


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