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Local Development Frameworks

How you can use them to protect the countryside, promote urban regeneration and improve

As part of the new planning system in England, local authorities will have to prepare a ‘Local Development Framework’ by 2007. This will replace Local Plans, Structure Plans, and Unitary Development Plans. They will comprise a collection of documents, policies, and proposals which set out a local planning strategy. They require public participation when they are being prepared and developed. This guide explains opportunities you have to influence policies and plans, which in turn influence most types of development including housing and the fate of the local environment and countryside.


Local Development Schemes

This supporting briefing to CPRE’s Local Development Frameworks campaigners’ guide sets out how you can influence your Local Development Scheme – the plan of the plans.


Local Enterprise Partnerships

Will they serve local communities and promote sustainable development?

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been set up to support economic growth in their respective areas. This report looks at how LEPs are developing and how effective they are likely to be in delivering genuinely sustainable development in a context of much greater devolution of decisionmaking and community involvement. It also considers the role they may play in strategic planning.


Local planning authority responses to the draft National Planning Policy Framework

An analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England

This brief report analyses responses from local planning authorities to the draft NPPF, and assesses to what extent these responses reflect CPRE’s concerns about the draft policy. Our research found that the concerns CPRE has been raising at the national level are broadly reflected locally by those officers and councillors who will have responsibility for implementing the new system. Local planning authorities raised concerns that a lack of clarity over transitional arrangements and a definition of sustainable development could severely undermine the planning system.


Local plans - submission of evidence to the Expert Group

Submission of evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Expert Group established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s suggestions for the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of local plan production are summarised here in relation to the ten key factors that we consider currently to be holding back the production of local plans.


Local Reviews of Advertising Controls

Campaign guidance on how you can get involved in local reviews of advertising controls and so help ensure that your local countryside remains free from inappropriate advertisements.


Localism Bill - House of Commons Second Reading

The planning reforms proposed in the Localism Bill have the potential to reinvigorate the planning system, however, the Bill offers threats as well as opportunities for the countryside. Our briefing outlines CPRE's priorities for lobbying on this important piece of legislation.


Major Development Threats to Green Belt

Green Belt across the country is being threatened by development proposals for airport expansion, housing developments, new sports venues, roads, park-and-ride facilities, business parks and more. Our briefing, and the accompanying map, show current examples of particularly significant development threats to Green Belts across England.


Making localism work for the countryside

CPRE's charter for planning reform

A radical reform of the planning system is a significant part of the Government’s ‘localism’ agenda. The Government wants to empower local people in decisions on planning where they live but it is vital that this is within a strong national framework that protects the countryside.

We want planning to be fairer, engage communities, protect the countryside and regenerate our towns and villages. Our planning charter sets out the improvements we believe will make a reformed planning system truly successful.


Making the Link

Integrating land use and transport planning through Public Transport Oriented Development

The sixth paper in CPRE Housing Foresight series explores how effective coordination between transport and development can improve access to public transport, reduce pollution and encourage walking and cycling. The paper proposes ideas for identifying suitable sites, incentivising development and engaging local communities in the process.



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