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#PlanningForPeople

#PlanningForPeople

From delivering affordable housing to safeguarding the countryside we love, the planning system affects all of us. The Government is currently reviewing its planning rulebook, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and it will have a significant bearing on our countryside and communities for many years to come.

The campaign

We believe that people should be at the heart of decisions made about development in their local area, but time and again, decisions are made that don’t see their needs met, while developer profits rise.

The proposed reforms to the planning system are supposed to help tackle the housing crisis, but we are concerned that, as they stand, they won’t help us build the affordable homes we need or safeguard our countryside and green spaces.

It is possible to build the homes that people need without needlessly harming our beautiful countryside. This is genuine sustainable development and we can only achieve it with a strong planning system that:

  1. Supports local democracy by adhering to neighbourhood and local plans.
  2. Ensures realistic and high quality development based on genuine need not market demand.
  3. Delivers more affordable homes by closing legal loopholes that put developer profits first.
  4. Adopts a true ‘brownfield first’ approach to development.
  5. Protects our countryside for current and future generations.

What now?

We have a real opportunity to influence the shape of the system that will guide development decisions for many years to come – and we’ll need your help and support to do it.

The Government’s consultation closes on 10 May and we’re campaigning hard to make sure that they’re thinking about #PlanningForPeople – ensuring that the policies set in stone will deliver for communities and the environment.
You can find out more about what we think of the proposed changes in our briefing, and in the blogs below.

Over the coming weeks, we will be detailing how planning effects our lives through a series of blogs and mobilising our supporters to take action. So watch this space and sign up to our campaigns update emails to make sure you’re kept in the loop.

Blogs

Find out more about what we are calling for:

Planning For People

Five reasons why we should use brownfield first

Why people need the Green Belt

Saving beauty for the people 

Restoring democratic planning

Homes that rural people can afford to live in 

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