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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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New Homes Bonus: Sharpening the incentive

Response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the Government's technical consultation

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On Solid Ground

Encouraging landowners to invest in rural affordable housing

The seventh paper in CPRE's Housing Foresight series looks at the crucial role landowners can play in helping to fix the rural affordable housing crisis. The paper explores how landowners can invest in affordable housing to benefit their communities, and looks at ways in which the Government can make it easier for them do so.

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Our Green Belt: worth investing in

This report summarises the key findings of 'Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt', produced for CPRE by environmental consultants ADAS.

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Plan B: How to challenge bad developments in court

A short guide to how and when you can challenge planning decisions in the courts

This guide is principally aimed at members of the public and community groups who are concerned about a proposal for development which has gained, or may gain, planning permission, and outlines the scope for legal challenge of land use planning decisions. It will help you decide whether you have a case for a judicial review or statutory challenge, and sets out how the procedure currently works following recent Government changes.

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