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Housing and planning

Quotes in support of "brownfield first" in planning

Nine leading practitioners and politicians express strong support for brownfield first.

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Recharging the Power of Place

Valuing local significance

This report has been commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the National Trust and Heritage Link as part of their on-going work to promote innovative approaches to protecting the historic environment and local distinctiveness.

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Removing obstacles to brownfield development

With recent statistics showing that housing development is decreasing on previously developed sites but increasing on the Green Belt, Removing obstacles to brownfield development calls for Government to implement a range of inventive policies to realise the potential of brownfield house building.

The paper calls for:

  • the taxation of uncompleted housing for which planning permission has been granted on brownfield land;
  • improved funding and assistance for brownfield remediation;
  • special planning measures and state intervention to aid redevelopment;
  • and the increased use of tax increment financing.

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Roadside Advertising: Problems and Solutions

Our campaign briefing on the problem of roadside advertising and ideas how to take action.

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Rural Coalition Briefing on the Localism Bill

The Localism Bill offers an exciting opportunity to realise some of the 38 recommendations that the Rural Coalition made in August 2010’s The Rural Challenge.  This briefing discusses how the Bill could go further to deliver the best outcomes for rural communities.

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Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside

Our new research has found that housing assessments produced by local authorities (SHMAs) are inaccurate, inflated and unreliable. The housing figures produced by SHMAs are not being balanced with sensible planning for infrastructure, consideration of environmental constraints, and realistic assessments of what housebuilders will be able to deliver.

The full report is also available: Smarter SHMAs: A Review of Objectively Assessed Need in England

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Smarter SHMAs: A Review of Objectively Assessed Need in England

This report by Housing Vision with Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design reviews the methodologies used to determine Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing and the problems caused by unclear and unhelpful guidance. It provides solid evidence and recommendations for our report Set up to fail.

A summary of the report is also available: Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside

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State of Brownfield 2018

An analysis demonstrating the potential of brownfield land for housing

We have long campaigned for prioritising the use of brownfield land for housing because we believe it stops the waste of precious countryside.

This research examines new brownfield registers, published by 320 local planning authorities in England.

It follows previous work from CPRE, including “From Wasted Space to Living Spaces” in 2014 and brownfield housing capacity research in 2016, which has consistently demonstrated that there is sufficient suitable brownfield land currently available for more than 1 million homes.

This report shows that local planning authorities have identified more brownfield land with space for more than 1 million homes, and that there is brownfield land in places where people want to live.

If this land is used more efficiently, the sites could deliver even more homes – preventing the unnecessary loss of countryside and green spaces.

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Strategic Environmental Assessments

A CPRE Briefing

This briefing sets out what Strategic Environmental Assessment is, when it is required by the EU Directive and the UK Regulations, and the components of a successful SEA. It also explains how SEA has been applied in UK law and policy. Additionally, the briefing compares SEA to other EU-mandated environmental assessments, and offers campaigners key issues to consider when faced with an SEA.

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