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CPRE Briefing

How ‘land promoters’ exploit legal loopholes at the expense of communities and the countryside

This short briefing sheds some light onto how self-styled ‘land promoters’ make lucrative profits by exploiting the planning system and working against local wishes.

Land promoters persuade landowners to allow them to pursue planning permission on their land for a share in the profits once it is sold on for development.

Communities welcome good development that follows local and neighbourhood plans, but land promoters actively work against local wishes for the sake of their own profit. National planning policy allows and even encourages land promoters to do this through loopholes in the NPPF.

CPRE undertook analysis of appeal decisions concerning four land promoters, between 1 April 2012 and 31 August 2017. It shows that even in cases where local authorities had an up to date 5 year housing land supply, one in three cases are approved.

In the majority of these cases, land promoters sought to undermine authorities further by openly challenging authorities’ housing land supply. This, and other forms of speculative development, have lost communities’ faith in the planning system.

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CPRE briefing on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The Government is currently reviewing its planning rulebook, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and it will have a significant bearing on our countryside and communities for many years to come.

We’re campaigning hard to make sure that they’re thinking about #PlanningForPeople – ensuring that the policies set in stone will deliver for communities and the environment. 

You can find out more about what we think of the proposed changes in our briefing.

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CPRE response to Housing White Paper consultation

A response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Housing White Paper.

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CPRE response to Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places consultation

A response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places.

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CPRE response to the Government's National Planning Policy Framework consultation

CPRE's full and summary response to the Government's National Planning Policy Framework consultation.

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CPRE response to: Consultation on proposed changes to National Planning Policy Framework

This document is CPRE's consultation response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy. The consultation contains a welcome focus on brownfield development, but we believe that the ‘delivery test’ in its proposed form will allow developers to cherry pick greenfield sites instead, letting the brownfield sites go to waste.

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CPRE's Housing Manifesto

We need new housing that is well designed and located, meets local needs and enhances the environment. A strong planning system is vital to achieving this. It can breathe new life into run-down urban areas while protecting the countryside for future generations to enjoy.

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CPRE's policy on brownfield land

Land is a precious resource, and must be used wisely. CPRE supports a ‘brownfield first, greenfield last’ strategy as a general principle. However, just because a site is brownfield does not mean it should necessarily be developed.

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