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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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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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