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‘A powerful and memorable campaign’: CPRE wins award for response to planning proposals

‘A powerful and memorable campaign’: CPRE wins award for response to planning proposals

Tuesday 30 November 2021

CPRE has broken new ground and won an award for its campaign responding to the government’s proposed reform of the country’s planning system. Our first award for campaigning and policy work in living memory was announced on Wednesday, November 24, and represents a striking triumph for the combined national and local approach of CPRE. The […] Read more >

‘A victory for common sense’: CPRE responds to reported rethink of planning reform

‘A victory for common sense’: CPRE responds to reported rethink of planning reform

Saturday 11 September 2021

It has been reported in The Times this morning (Saturday, September 11) that the government is planning to abandon substantial parts of its planning proposals, including the zonal planning system. If correct, this will be a huge win for the CPRE planning campaign, so fingers crossed! Commenting on the reported rethink of the planning proposals, […] Read more >

All quiet on the planning front, so where are we now with proposed reform of the system?

All quiet on the planning front, so where are we now with proposed reform of the system?

Wednesday 8 September 2021

The apparent view from Westminster that the country’s planning system was so poor we needed to ‘tear it down and start again’ proved astonishingly contentious as tens of thousands of people responded to a consultation on the subject. Here, Michael Hand, CPRE Essex planning adviser, updates us on the progress of the Planning for the […] Read more >

The revised NPPF is out! Not bedtime reading maybe, but it’s going to play a big part in planning policy

The revised NPPF is out! Not bedtime reading maybe, but it’s going to play a big part in planning policy

Thursday 29 July 2021

A revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework has been published this month (July) – see here. The new incarnation follows this year’s consultation, which focused primarily on incorporating design codes and building-beautiful recommendations. The full government consultation response can be found here. The original comments made by CPRE to the consultation are here. […] Read more >

Decisions, decisions: how does planning work during the pandemic?

Decisions, decisions: how does planning work during the pandemic?

Wednesday 24 February 2021

The Covid-19 crisis has curtailed public involvement in almost all aspects of life, so it is important for us all to see that fairness and the democratic process do not suffer as a result, as a CPRE planner explains… Are you still getting your say at planning committee? Since Saturday, April 4, 2020, councils have […] Read more >

Village to grow by hundreds of homes as out-of-date Local Plan proves critical

Village to grow by hundreds of homes as out-of-date Local Plan proves critical

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Lack of both an up-to-date Local Plan and an adequate supply of housing land has proved costly for an Essex village, which is to have almost 450 homes built on unallocated sites. Planning inspectors have overturned refusal – or non-determination – by Uttlesford District Council of two schemes at Elsenham. Inspector David Wildsmith allowed Fairfield […] Read more >

Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system

Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system

Thursday 10 December 2020

CPRE, the countryside charity, and Friends of the Earth are joining more than 2,000 local councillors to call on the government to rethink its planning proposals and work with locally-elected representatives to create the places and homes communities so desperately needed. A total of 2,062 local councillors have called on the government to abandon the […] Read more >

Planning system should recognise – and compensate – efforts of those fighting for our countryside

Planning system should recognise – and compensate – efforts of those fighting for our countryside

Thursday 26 November 2020

David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, calls for donations by land agents to charities when they win planning permission for development proposals. Perhaps such a scheme would make them think twice before making speculative applications… Since becoming chairman of CPRE Essex, one of the things that never fails to impress me is the dedication and professionalism […] Read more >

Planning White Paper: we write to the county’s MPs

Planning White Paper: we write to the county’s MPs

Thursday 19 November 2020

The government’s Planning for the Future White Paper is a potential nightmare for our countryside (see here). CPRE Essex has already made a substantial contribution to the government consultation on the White Paper (see here) and now has written to each of the county’s MPs detailing serious concerns ranging from loss of countryside to threat […] Read more >

Planning White Paper: the national CPRE response

Planning White Paper: the national CPRE response

Wednesday 11 November 2020

We have already referred to the government’s Planning for the Future White Paper and CPRE Essex’s response to it (see here). The White Paper could prove potentially devastating for the English countryside and so it’s unsurprising that CPRE branches across the country have been quick to raise their concerns. Here is the national CPRE submission to […] Read more >

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