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CPRE gives backing to Raynsford Review of Planning recommendations

CPRE gives backing to Raynsford Review of Planning recommendations

CPRE welcomes the final report and recommendations from the Raynsford Review of Planning, which have been published today (20 November).

The review – which was carried out by former housing minister, Nick Raynsford – aims to transform ‘a troubled system into one capable of delivering the outcomes our nation deserves’ and deliver ‘a better, fairer and more transparent planning system, focused on delivering the high quality and sustainable places in which we all aspire to live and work’.

The report echoes CPRE’s views that the current planning system is too focused on delivering high quantities of new houses, with little or no consideration for where they should be built, the quality of their design, and whether they are genuinely affordable.

The final report makes a series of 24 recommendations that would completely reform the planning system, making it fit for purpose. The recommendations include: redefining the purpose of planning system; reforms to ensure the planning system is centered around people and their communities; delivering a new community covenant; capturing the ‘betterment values’ in order to ensure a higher quality of development that the nation needs; and boosting the numbers and development of high-calibre, visionary planners.

Tom Fyans, director of campaigns and policy at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: 

‘This landmark report is unequivocal in its recommendations – we must rebalance the planning system back in favour of public interest, and through doing so, prevent the continued unnecessary loss of our finite countryside.

‘We need to rebuild trust in the system to deliver positive outcomes for people, not help line developers pockets, in particular by striking a new covenant for community participation, and eliminating “hope value” in the land market.

‘Introducing just these two measures alone would go a long way to getting the right development in the right place. Such a reform would provide more genuinely affordable houses that meets the housing needs of our nation, at the same time as safeguarding the countryside we all know and love.’

CPRE look forward to the Government’s response to the Raynsford Review and its recommendations.

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