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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.

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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.

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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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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.

 

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Green Belt facts

England's 14 Green Belts cover more than a tenth (12.4%) of land in the country, and provide a breath of fresh air for 30 million people. 

Our Green Belts help prevent urban sprawl, and protect our countryside from encroachment, but did you know they're home to 19% of all traffic free cycle routes and 34% of Community Forest land?

Explore these and other surprising facts in our Green Belt factsheet. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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