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CPRE's policy on planning

Good land-use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection. It can encourage urban regeneration, curb urban sprawl, help slow the growth in road traffic, protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats. Effective planning is more important now than ever before with economic pressures and a growing population leading to more development intruding into the countryside. Precious Green Belt land is being eaten away despite a Government commitment to protect it. Proposed new legislation concerning the planning for major infrastructure projects presents a serious challenge to the integrity of the planning system.


CPRE's response to the Government's consultation paper on Draft Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies

CPRE's response welcomes the draft policy's emphasis on safeguarding town centres, markets and village shops, but highlights the need for greater consideration of transport, land-use and climate change issues.  The response also calls for a greater emphasis on reducing the need to travel, supporting local food webs and moving towards a low-carbon economy, while proposing targets for the suggested re-use of brownfield sites and existing buildings.


Deconstructing Barker

A one dimensional misunderstanding of a multidimensional issue: a critique of the Barker Review of planning
Our report takes a critical look at the Barker Review of Land Use Planning. The Review's narrow focus on making the planning system easier for business and economic growth puts at risk the value of good planning to deliver sustainable development and a high quality living environment. We make the case for the planning system to be developed and strengthened with better protection for the countryside.


Economic Competitiveness: you win some, you lose more

A campaigners guide to the language of economic competitiveness, the concepts and assumptions that lie behind it, and what they really mean

This briefing aims to demystify some of the economic arguments used in the debate between development and the environment.  A case study applies concepts of economic competitiveness to a small English town to provide insights into the impacts of economic development.  The briefing goes on to show how campaigners can engage succesfully with economic arguments and proposals which threaten quality of life and the environment.



Quality control in planning

This briefing examines the problems with enforcement of planning controls, the impact of those problems and opportunities for reform.


Even Regions, Greener Growth

A major new report highlighting the link between disparities in economic performance between the English regions and the consequences for the environment and quality of life. The report sets out for the first time how continuing urban decay and population loss in the less prosperous areas is coupled with sprawling development and worsening congestion in others. It challenges the Government to ensure that, rather than exacerbating these problems by relaxing planning controls and building more infrastructure, the drive for a more even pattern of economic growth promotes an urban renaissance and protects the countryside in all regions.


Future Planners

Propositions for the next age of planning
This report calls for the planning profession to take a key role in pursuing a more sustainable future, with proposals to boost democratic input and improve the public value of planning decisions.


Goodwill payments: Do they benefit communities or bring planning into disrepute

This briefing sets out the findings of CPRE’s investigation of a growing number of cases where developers of new wind farms are offering various forms of payments and benefits directly to local communities, as a means of overcoming opposition to development. CPRE believes that the practice is undermining public faith in planning, and that local communities could get a much better deal if developers are required to work through the planning process. We are calling for the Government to take a range of measures to stamp out the use of goodwill payments altogether.


Goodwill payments: Local cases

Local examples produced as part of CPRE's briefing: Goodwill payments: Do they benefit communities or bring planning into disrepute?


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