National CPRE has been active in its response the to the Government's new planning reforms; as well as attending a virtual meeting with Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, CPRE has met with concerned Conservative back bench MPs, and presented an opinion piece in the Times and contributed to articles in other national papers. (Also see this news page)
We've also met with a broad coalition of over thirty organisations campaigning on the planning reforms and are working on a joint briefing for MPs outlining the key concerns of the coalition.
Many of these organisations were signatories to this joint letter published in the Telegraph last week:
As a broad coalition of planning, heritage and environmental organisations, we are united in our vision for what is needed to deliver quality homes that people can afford to live in, while protecting our precious green spaces and putting local people at the heart of decision making.
The planning system needs careful, sensible reform rather than the major, hurried and untested changes set out in the government’s Planning White Paper, which is akin to demolishing the whole house just to fix the roof.
The planning system may not be perfect but we urge the government to rethink its White Paper as it is not the answer to boosting economic growth post-coronavirus. Nine in ten applications are already approved by councils and the ten biggest developers have more than 400,000 plots in their land banks currently. That’s hundreds of thousands of homes that could, but aren’t, being built.
Ministers should invest in an evidence-led planning system that is empowered to deliver on the government’s environmental, social and economic objectives.
Clare Blencowe, Chair, ALERC
Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive, Badger Trust
Craig Macadam, Conservation Director, Buglife
Anita Konrad, Chief Executive, Campaign for National Parks
Neil Redfern, Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, CPRE The countryside charity
Kate Gordon, Senior Planner, Friends of the Earth
Doug Parr, Policy Director, Greenpeace UK
Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive, Heritage Alliance
Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary, Open Space Society
Tanya Curry, Interim CEO, Ramblers
Vicky Wyatt, Director of Campaigns, SumOfUs
Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, Town and Country Planning Association
Dr James Robinson, Director of Conservation, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
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