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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.


Building in a small island

Why we still need the brownfield first approach

This report responds to one of the potentially most far reaching changes proposed in the Government’s consultation draft National Planning Policy Framework. It examines the proposals to cease giving clear priority nationally to development on brownfield sites (formally called ‘previously developed land’) before greenfield. It also considers the implications of the related recent policy changes made by the Government to drop the minimum housing density range which has until recently been recommended as national policy.


Coastal Change Policy

CPRE's response to the Defra consultation

This response presents CPRE's case for a holistic strategy to protect England's coast from ill-considered development, coastal erosion and climate change. We believe that the planning system must play a major role in delivering this by adapting to the effects of climate change and reconciling the needs of agriculture and public access to the coast. To this end, CPRE welcomes the Government's schemes to fund coastal planning and develop best practice in adaptation.


Communities, Planning and Localism

A research report for CPRE Gloucestershire

This report draws out key points from a study commissioned early in 2011 by CPRE Gloucestershire. In summary, the project brief was to contribute to the unfolding government policy on localism by reviewing the effectiveness of community involvement in neighbourhood planning in the area of Parish Plans and Village Design Statements.


Community Control or Countryside Chaos?

The effect of the National Planning Policy Framework two years on

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was introduced on 27 March 2012 to make the planning system simpler and more accessible to the public. This report considers how the NPPF has been implemented in the period since March 2013 through the analysis of the 29 Local Plans that have been prepared and/or adopted since then, and through over 70 key decisions on major planning applications and appeals. We make a number of recommendations for amendments to the NPPF to promote brownfield first, guard against development outside village boundaries and achieve genuinely sustainable development.


Community Rights of Appeal - Case study examples

Case study examples

Examples from around the country where a right of appeal could have helped stop or remedy bad planning decisions for the benefit of the community.


Countryside Promises, Planning Realities

A CPRE report analysing the first year of implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework.


CPRE Briefing

How ‘land promoters’ exploit legal loopholes at the expense of communities and the countryside

This short briefing sheds some light onto how self-styled ‘land promoters’ make lucrative profits by exploiting the planning system and working against local wishes.

Land promoters persuade landowners to allow them to pursue planning permission on their land for a share in the profits once it is sold on for development.

Communities welcome good development that follows local and neighbourhood plans, but land promoters actively work against local wishes for the sake of their own profit. National planning policy allows and even encourages land promoters to do this through loopholes in the NPPF.

CPRE undertook analysis of appeal decisions concerning four land promoters, between 1 April 2012 and 31 August 2017. It shows that even in cases where local authorities had an up to date 5 year housing land supply, one in three cases are approved.

In the majority of these cases, land promoters sought to undermine authorities further by openly challenging authorities’ housing land supply. This, and other forms of speculative development, have lost communities’ faith in the planning system.


CPRE briefing on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The Government is currently reviewing its planning rulebook, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and it will have a significant bearing on our countryside and communities for many years to come.

We’re campaigning hard to make sure that they’re thinking about #PlanningForPeople – ensuring that the policies set in stone will deliver for communities and the environment. 

You can find out more about what we think of the proposed changes in our briefing.


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