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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.


The Taxation of Property

A report by Europe Economics for the Campaign to Protect Rural England
What changes to the way we tax land and housing could work to the benefit of the environment and the countryside?


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.


Unlocking Potential: Best Practice for Brownfield Land Registers

CPRE campaigns for a beautiful and living countryside and we do that by working to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy. As part of this we have long campaigned for prioritising use of brownfield land for housing because we believe it stops the waste of precious countryside.

This new research commissioned from HTA Design LLP examines the identification and assessment of brownfield sites by local planning authorities in light of the Brownfield Land Register Regulations, 2017.

It finds that national and local government could be doing far more to identify more brownfield land and make the task more efficient in in the process.


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


Untapped Potential

Identifying and delivering residential development on previously developed land: an overview of recent practice

A vast amount of land within towns and cities crying out for development is going to waste. Many councils are failing to identify opportunities for development on brownfield land. Our study found widespread neglect of sites such as empty or underused car parks, former industrial and derelict land. We commissioned leading planning consultants, Llewelyn Davies Yeang to research current practice among local councils in getting residential development on underused and neglected land.


What Price West Midlands Green Belts?

This report published by CPRE West Midlands warns that the region's Green Belts are suffering neglect, and the vital contribution they make in regenerating cities and towns and preventing urban sprawl is not fully appreciated. It urges planners to make a fresh commitment to protecting and enhancing them.


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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