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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.


Planning Act 2008 - A CPRE Briefing on Changes to Planning for Major Infrastructure Projects

The Planning Act 2008 is largely concerned with new procedures for planning and approving major or ‘nationally significant’ infrastructure projects in the fields of energy, transport, water and waste. This briefing gives an early interpretation of how the Act may work and the opportunities for the public to influence the new procedures associated with nationally significant infrastructure projects.


Planning campaign briefing 1 - Development Plans

Development Plans are the legal bedrock of all local planning decisions. This, the first in CPRE's new series of planning campaign briefings explains how Development Plans can help fill in the detail now lacking in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and provide many opportunities for community campaigning. The briefing gives advice on ensuring local authorities meet their environmental and social responsibilities, and how to support parish councils and community groups seeking to prepare neighbourhood plans. The briefing also provides analysis of law and policy changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and the NPPF (March 2012).


Planning campaign briefing 2 - Green Belts

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) leaves established policy for Green Belts largely unchanged.  However, Green Belt land is likely to be under greater threat than before as a result of the development and growth policies in the NPPF. Strong local campaigning to influence planning policies, reviews, and applications can help protect the Green Belt. It is also possible to create new Green Belt if the relevant policy tests can be met.


Planning explained

England’s planning system shapes new development and the use of land all over the country with the aim of achieving outcomes that are positive for people, the economy and the environment. This guide will help you to get involved in the development of your Local Plan - a key component of the planning system which will be the main influence on how your area changes in the future.


Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth

A CPRE briefing

On 29 December 2009 the Government published a new Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth. The document sets out a national policy framework for planning for sustainable economic development in urban and rural areas, including town centres. This briefing summarises the new policy and highlights key changes it has introduced.


Planning reforms 2016 - what's the problem?

This leaflet gives CPRE’s position on key housing issues and is designed to help lobby MPs on current Government proposals on the National Planning Policy Framework.


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