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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.


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.


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