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Housing and planning

Brownfield Market Signals: Executive Summary

Brownfield regeneration has been one of the great unsung success stories of recent years. Land is now developed more efficiently for housing; this has improved the urban environment and protected the countryside from unnecessary sprawl. There is a real danger that short-sighted responses to current economic conditions could undermine urban regeneration schemes in the future.


Building in a small island

Why we still need the brownfield first approach

This report responds to one of the potentially most far reaching changes proposed in the Government’s consultation draft National Planning Policy Framework. It examines the proposals to cease giving clear priority nationally to development on brownfield sites (formally called ‘previously developed land’) before greenfield. It also considers the implications of the related recent policy changes made by the Government to drop the minimum housing density range which has until recently been recommended as national policy.


Building more homes on brownfield land

Response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Consultation

CPRE's response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on measures to increase the building of homes on brownfield sites.


Building on Barker

How we can continue to improve housing for everyone without damaging the environment and sprawling over the countryside

Developers continue to rely on many of the arguments made in the 2004 Treasury-sponsored Barker Review in their arguments for loosening planning controls in the countryside, to which this report provides a comprehensive rebuttal. We present evidence that there is no overall shortage of housing for sale and a massive boost in output would create needless environmental damage. Our report also looks at the factors which have been fuelling demand and what measures could be introduced to counter this.


Coastal Change Policy

CPRE's response to the Defra consultation

This response presents CPRE's case for a holistic strategy to protect England's coast from ill-considered development, coastal erosion and climate change. We believe that the planning system must play a major role in delivering this by adapting to the effects of climate change and reconciling the needs of agriculture and public access to the coast. To this end, CPRE welcomes the Government's schemes to fund coastal planning and develop best practice in adaptation.


Communities, Planning and Localism

A research report for CPRE Gloucestershire

This report draws out key points from a study commissioned early in 2011 by CPRE Gloucestershire. In summary, the project brief was to contribute to the unfolding government policy on localism by reviewing the effectiveness of community involvement in neighbourhood planning in the area of Parish Plans and Village Design Statements.


Community Control or Countryside Chaos?

The effect of the National Planning Policy Framework two years on

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was introduced on 27 March 2012 to make the planning system simpler and more accessible to the public. This report considers how the NPPF has been implemented in the period since March 2013 through the analysis of the 29 Local Plans that have been prepared and/or adopted since then, and through over 70 key decisions on major planning applications and appeals. We make a number of recommendations for amendments to the NPPF to promote brownfield first, guard against development outside village boundaries and achieve genuinely sustainable development.


Community Rights of Appeal - Case study examples

Case study examples

Examples from around the country where a right of appeal could have helped stop or remedy bad planning decisions for the benefit of the community.


Compact Sustainable Communities

Making the case for well planned, higher density, mixed use urban development: meeting housing needs, improving quality of life and protecting the environment.


Countryside Promises, Planning Realities

A CPRE report analysing the first year of implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework.



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