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Housing and planning

CPRE's response to the Raynsford Review's Call for Evidence

The Raynsford Review ​is carrying out an appraisal of the kind of planning system that England needs.​ It aims to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes. ​

CPRE have responded to a call of evidence and you can find our response to each of the six themes below. Evidence will continue to be collected and examined over the coming months, with a report presented at all major party conferences in autumn 2018.


Cutting red tape: submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Cutting Red Tape review of house building

Submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Cutting Red Tape review of house building is a government review led by the Cabinet Office, DCLG, BIS.

CPRE's submission makes the case that rather than seeking further deregulation of planning the Government needs to take steps to address the failures of the housing and property markets outside of the planning system.


Deconstructing Barker

A one dimensional misunderstanding of a multidimensional issue: a critique of the Barker Review of planning
Our report takes a critical look at the Barker Review of Land Use Planning. The Review's narrow focus on making the planning system easier for business and economic growth puts at risk the value of good planning to deliver sustainable development and a high quality living environment. We make the case for the planning system to be developed and strengthened with better protection for the countryside.


Design and Density Pack

This briefing shows how good design can help deliver new housing at higher densities and in doing so, help reduce the need for greenfield development.


Economic Competitiveness: you win some, you lose more

A campaigners guide to the language of economic competitiveness, the concepts and assumptions that lie behind it, and what they really mean

This briefing aims to demystify some of the economic arguments used in the debate between development and the environment.  A case study applies concepts of economic competitiveness to a small English town to provide insights into the impacts of economic development.  The briefing goes on to show how campaigners can engage succesfully with economic arguments and proposals which threaten quality of life and the environment.



Quality control in planning

This briefing examines the problems with enforcement of planning controls, the impact of those problems and opportunities for reform.


Even Regions, Greener Growth

A major new report highlighting the link between disparities in economic performance between the English regions and the consequences for the environment and quality of life. The report sets out for the first time how continuing urban decay and population loss in the less prosperous areas is coupled with sprawling development and worsening congestion in others. It challenges the Government to ensure that, rather than exacerbating these problems by relaxing planning controls and building more infrastructure, the drive for a more even pattern of economic growth promotes an urban renaissance and protects the countryside in all regions.


Family Housing

The Power of Concentration
This report shows that higher-density family house building is vital for rebalancing London’s housing stock, stopping the rot of ghettoisation, reinvigorating public transport and local services and giving vital breathing space to the natural environment of the South East. The report reveals that established design expertise exists to do this, and should now be applied much more widely across the capital.


From Wasted Space to Living Spaces

The availability of brownfield land for housing development in England

The Campaign to Protect Rural England commissioned University of the West of England (UWE) researchers to calculate an accurate figure for housing capacity on suitable brownfield land and specify how such land might be brought forward for development. To explore this further, the report considers the economic and policy drivers for brownfield development and how they can bring sites back into use, and analyses a number of local authority approaches to identifying land and engaging with local communities.



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