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The Facts About Planning Appeals

What happens when an applicant appeals against the decision made on a planning application ? and how you can continue to campaign at the appeals stage

If a planning application is refused permission, or conditions are attached to the permission that restrict the development in some way, the applicant may decide to appeal. Only the individual or company who submitted the planning application has the right to launch an appeal against a planning decision. This guide explains the appeals process and how to prepare an effective case to influence any further decision. In doing so, you can help prevent bad development and boost the prospects of good


The Great Landbanking Carve-up

A very risky investment which messes up the countryside

Hundreds of pieces of English countryside are being sold direct to the public, both in the UK and overseas, as a supposedly surefire way of making large amounts of money from the land being built on in future. These so called ‘landbanking’ schemes have sprung up in recent years aimed at gullible punters across the globe and they are starting to mess up the countryside. This briefing presents the results of a CPRE investigation that has found  over 30 landbanking operations marketing plots on over 200 sites across England's countryside.


The Rural Challenge

Achieving sustainable rural communities for the 21st century

The Rural Challenge is a series of recommendations to the Government from the Rural Coalition which CPRE is a member. The report calls for action now to ensure that our countryside continues to thrive into the future, with its beauty and tranquillity soundly protected. Central to this is a reinvigorated planning system, in which local communities and councils are empowered to shape their neighbourhoods.


Third Party Rights of Appeal in Planning

This major report explores the case for 'third party rights of appeal’. Currently, a developer may appeal against refusal of planning permission, but members of the public have no right to appeal against the grant of permission - no matter how strong their case. Written by an independent team of respected academics, consultants and legal experts in the field of planning, the research was funded by a broad alliance of environmental and amenity groups, including CPRE.


Unprotected England

A map showing undesignated countryside in England which is not protected by the NPPF


Unprotected England by county

A map showing the percentage of undesignated countryside in each county council area which is not protected by the NPPF


Unprotected England by region

A map showing the percentage of undesignated countryside in each region which is not protected by the NPPF


Will planning reform rescue the economy?

Reform of the planning system is likely to be among measures to boost the economy in the Budget on 23 March 2011. It was reported that the Chancellor ‘wants to make it much easier for companies to obtain planning consent for new projects – even if they go against the wishes of local residents – allowing them to expand their businesses while also providing a timely boost for the construction sector.


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