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Government response to our Charter to save our countryside

A letter from Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning in response to our Charter to save our countryside.



How Green is my Region?

Our briefing summarises our findings from our report Environmental Sustainability and English Regional Strategies which compared the progress of England's nine regions in the sustainability stakes. Our research found that there are some good green policies in each of England's nine regions. But overall each region is being held back by having to comply with central Government requirements to adopt environmentally damaging policies and trends.


How to respond to planning applications

An eight-step guide

Most significant developments in the United Kingdom require planning permission from a local planning authority. This process usually involves the submission of a planning application. As a member of the public, you are entitled to examine and comment on planning applications as they are made. This is your chance to press for planning decisions that work for the good of the environment and your local community. This guide tells you how to find out more about a planning application and — if necessary — how you can take action.


How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood Plans provide a great opportunity for you to have more influence on how the places in which you live and work will change over time. Your local knowledge and sense of what needs to be protected and what needs to change can really make a difference. We’ve put together eight simple steps to take if you want to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan and involve the whole community to make sure it becomes formally adopted as part of the development plan for your community.


Inexpensive Progress?

A framework for assessing the costs and benefis of planning reform

This study, commissioned jointly with the National Trust and the RSPB, finds that the Government's proposed reforms are likely to have little or no effect on growth and could even undermine public wellbeing. The report shows that very little has been done to measure the benefits that good planning delivers, and concludes that there is no evidence that the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) would have any positive effect on growth or employment in the short run.


Judicial Review - Proposals for Further Reform

A submission by the Coalition for Access to Justice for the Environment

This submission is made on behalf of the Coalition for Access to Justice for the Environment (CAJE), which includes a number of leading environmental NGOs in the UK including CPRE, WWF, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and the RSPB. The submission argues the Government's proposed changes to Judicial Review will restrict access to justice in enviornmental matters and represent a misconceived attack on the foundations of democracy.


Local Development Frameworks

How you can use them to protect the countryside, promote urban regeneration and improve

As part of the new planning system in England, local authorities will have to prepare a ‘Local Development Framework’ by 2007. This will replace Local Plans, Structure Plans, and Unitary Development Plans. They will comprise a collection of documents, policies, and proposals which set out a local planning strategy. They require public participation when they are being prepared and developed. This guide explains opportunities you have to influence policies and plans, which in turn influence most types of development including housing and the fate of the local environment and countryside.


Local Development Schemes

This supporting briefing to CPRE’s Local Development Frameworks campaigners’ guide sets out how you can influence your Local Development Scheme – the plan of the plans.


Local Enterprise Partnerships

Will they serve local communities and promote sustainable development?

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been set up to support economic growth in their respective areas. This report looks at how LEPs are developing and how effective they are likely to be in delivering genuinely sustainable development in a context of much greater devolution of decisionmaking and community involvement. It also considers the role they may play in strategic planning.


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