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Unprotected England by region

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

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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.

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Viable villages: closing the planning loophole

For decades, England hasn’t built enough genuinely affordable homes in rural or urban areas.

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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.

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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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