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Housing and planning

CPRE's policy on housing

CPRE believes that a healthy, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Our approach to housing policy embodies this belief. Good planning should provide everyone with a decent home they can afford. While housing development can have a significant landscape impact we believe it is possible to avoid sporadic development in the countryside and the unsustainable sprawl of our towns and cities. Meeting the housing needs of rural communities is particularly important if they are to thrive. In the national context of a growing and changing population it is important to meet the need for new housing in England. This document outlines how CPRE believes this can be done without unnecessarily damaging the countryside.


CPRE's policy on planning

Good land-use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection. It can encourage urban regeneration, curb urban sprawl, help slow the growth in road traffic, protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats. Effective planning is more important now than ever before with economic pressures and a growing population leading to more development intruding into the countryside. Precious Green Belt land is being eaten away despite a Government commitment to protect it. Proposed new legislation concerning the planning for major infrastructure projects presents a serious challenge to the integrity of the planning system.


CPRE's response to the Government's consultation paper on Draft Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies

CPRE's response welcomes the draft policy's emphasis on safeguarding town centres, markets and village shops, but highlights the need for greater consideration of transport, land-use and climate change issues.  The response also calls for a greater emphasis on reducing the need to travel, supporting local food webs and moving towards a low-carbon economy, while proposing targets for the suggested re-use of brownfield sites and existing buildings.


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.



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