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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Making use of Planning Policy Statement 12: Local Spatial Planning (PPS12)

A CPRE campaign briefing

Local plans and policies are vital tools for protecting the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside. This briefing summarises key changes in national planning policy for Local Development Frameworks and provides a step-by-step campaign guide for using this policy to protect the countryside in your local area.

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Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt

CPRE imagines a countryside on our doorstep where agriculture is less intensive, where there is space for nature that people can explore and enjoy and which is accessible to all. Green Belts can play a crucial role in enhancing the sustainability of our cities by providing essential ecological functions and recreational benefits which are fundamental to health and wellbeing.

New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation. CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced. A summary is also available.

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Needless Demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis

Needless demand: How a focus on need can help solve the housing crisis is the eighth paper in CPRE's Housing Foresight series. It analyses the current method that councils use to plan for local housing and what is being built as a result. It finds that ‘housing need’ and ‘housing demand’ are being conflated in planning policy, with the result that numbers matter more than type and tenure of housing.

Needless Demand shows how Government could split need and demand, and so tackle the housing crisis more effectively. It calls for clearer definitions of ‘need’ and ‘demand’ to be applied to planning policy, and for councils to apply them to their housing targets and local plans.

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Neighbourhood Plans: how they are working towards CPRE's vision for the countryside

A CPRE briefing

We hope this will be a useful resource for those working on, or considering embarking upon, a neighbourhood plan for their areas. In particular, it highlights the potential of neighbourhood plans in addressing the core themes of landscape, transport and design.

The briefing explores neighbourhood planning policies made between April 2012 and September 2014 with reference to the aspirations of CPRE’s 2026 Vision, and seeks to identify good practice that CPRE local groups and other community groups might follow.

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