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Planning Act 2008 - A CPRE Briefing on Changes to Planning for Major Infrastructure Projects

The Planning Act 2008 is largely concerned with new procedures for planning and approving major or ‘nationally significant’ infrastructure projects in the fields of energy, transport, water and waste. This briefing gives an early interpretation of how the Act may work and the opportunities for the public to influence the new procedures associated with nationally significant infrastructure projects.

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Planning campaign briefing 1 - Development Plans

Development Plans are the legal bedrock of all local planning decisions. This, the first in CPRE's new series of planning campaign briefings explains how Development Plans can help fill in the detail now lacking in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and provide many opportunities for community campaigning. The briefing gives advice on ensuring local authorities meet their environmental and social responsibilities, and how to support parish councils and community groups seeking to prepare neighbourhood plans. The briefing also provides analysis of law and policy changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and the NPPF (March 2012).

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Planning campaign briefing 2 - Green Belts

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) leaves established policy for Green Belts largely unchanged.  However, Green Belt land is likely to be under greater threat than before as a result of the development and growth policies in the NPPF. Strong local campaigning to influence planning policies, reviews, and applications can help protect the Green Belt. It is also possible to create new Green Belt if the relevant policy tests can be met.

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Planning explained

England’s planning system shapes new development and the use of land all over the country with the aim of achieving outcomes that are positive for people, the economy and the environment. This guide will help you to get involved in the development of your Local Plan - a key component of the planning system which will be the main influence on how your area changes in the future.

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Planning for Housing Affordability

Why providing more land for housebuilding will not reduce house prices
We commissioned independent consultants Green Balance to conduct research into the relationship between planning, housing land supply and housing affordability. Our research found that increasing the supply of land for housing would make little difference to housebuilding rates or house prices. The report makes some recommendations which need to be reflected in future Government policy on housing needs.

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Planning for Housing Affordability - Executive Summary

Why providing more land for housebuilding will not reduce house prices
We commissioned independent consultants Green Balance to conduct research into the relationship between planning, housing land supply and housing affordability. Our research found that increasing the supply of land for housing would make little difference to housebuilding rates or house prices.

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Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth

A CPRE briefing

On 29 December 2009 the Government published a new Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth. The document sets out a national policy framework for planning for sustainable economic development in urban and rural areas, including town centres. This briefing summarises the new policy and highlights key changes it has introduced.

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Planning reforms 2016 - what's the problem?

This leaflet gives CPRE’s position on key housing issues and is designed to help lobby MPs on current Government proposals on the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Policy-based Evidence Making

The Policy Exchange's war against planning
A 'think tank' has launched a sustained attack on England's planning system. The counter-offensive starts here. Using solidly referenced facts and statistics, CPRE demolishes the Policy Exchange's arguments for radical reform of planning – reform which would delight developers and smother much of England in sprawl.

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Protecting the wider countryside

The draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) proposes removing a critical policy which recognises the national importance of the countryside as a whole. This research maps these areas and shows that unless the Government revises the NPPF, more than half of the English countryside could be under greater threat from inappropriate development than before. The report recommends that the final NPPF should retain explicit recognition of the intrinsic value of the wider countryside and the character of the countryside, while favouring the efficient use of land rather than urban sprawl.

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