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Local planning authority responses to the draft National Planning Policy Framework

An analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England

This brief report analyses responses from local planning authorities to the draft NPPF, and assesses to what extent these responses reflect CPRE’s concerns about the draft policy. Our research found that the concerns CPRE has been raising at the national level are broadly reflected locally by those officers and councillors who will have responsibility for implementing the new system. Local planning authorities raised concerns that a lack of clarity over transitional arrangements and a definition of sustainable development could severely undermine the planning system.


Local plans - submission of evidence to the Expert Group

Submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Expert Group established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s suggestions for the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of local plan production are summarised here in relation to the ten key factors that we consider currently to be holding back the production of local plans.


Local Reviews of Advertising Controls

Campaign guidance on how you can get involved in local reviews of advertising controls and so help ensure that your local countryside remains free from inappropriate advertisements.


Localism Bill - House of Commons Second Reading

The planning reforms proposed in the Localism Bill have the potential to reinvigorate the planning system, however, the Bill offers threats as well as opportunities for the countryside. Our briefing outlines CPRE's priorities for lobbying on this important piece of legislation.


Making localism work for the countryside

CPRE's charter for planning reform

A radical reform of the planning system is a significant part of the Government’s ‘localism’ agenda. The Government wants to empower local people in decisions on planning where they live but it is vital that this is within a strong national framework that protects the countryside.

We want planning to be fairer, engage communities, protect the countryside and regenerate our towns and villages. Our planning charter sets out the improvements we believe will make a reformed planning system truly successful.


Making use of Planning Policy Statement 12: Local Spatial Planning (PPS12)

A CPRE campaign briefing

Local plans and policies are vital tools for protecting the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside. This briefing summarises key changes in national planning policy for Local Development Frameworks and provides a step-by-step campaign guide for using this policy to protect the countryside in your local area.


Neighbourhood Plans: how they are working towards CPRE's vision for the countryside

A CPRE briefing

We hope this will be a useful resource for those working on, or considering embarking upon, a neighbourhood plan for their areas. In particular, it highlights the potential of neighbourhood plans in addressing the core themes of landscape, transport and design.

The briefing explores neighbourhood planning policies made between April 2012 and September 2014 with reference to the aspirations of CPRE’s 2026 Vision, and seeks to identify good practice that CPRE local groups and other community groups might follow.


Plan B: How to challenge bad developments in court

A short guide to how and when you can challenge planning decisions in the courts

This guide is principally aimed at members of the public and community groups who are concerned about a proposal for development which has gained, or may gain, planning permission, and outlines the scope for legal challenge of land use planning decisions. It will help you decide whether you have a case for a judicial review or statutory challenge, and sets out how the procedure currently works following recent Government changes.


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