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Planning for people

The English planning system is under review. This video explains the issues and loopholes that lie in the current (and proposed) planning policy. It describes how we’d like to shape it to work for local people and the countryside, rather than to profit developers. Find out more at www.cpre.org.uk/planningforpeople



the countryside is important for us all

it's where we grow our food and

experience the beauty of nature it's

both a workplace and a home for many

people as the countryside and its social

fabric changes we need to make sure that

any development that takes place is good

for rural communities and the

environment but our green fields are too

often seen as a blank canvas waiting to

be built on with the interest of local

communities local character and the

environment ignored it doesn't have to

be this way the planning system should

enable us to shape how our land develops

and make sure it's used in everyone's

best interests while protecting the

green spaces we cherish it should

balance competing demands for the use of

land encourage the good development that

helps communities thrive while

protecting the environment and restrict

the bad development that doesn't but the

current system is failing and our

planning rules are full of pitfalls and

loopholes that undermine these important

goals national policy too often

encourages developers to build profit

rather than what people need the

government's target driven approach to

house building means councils don't

always have the ability to resist

development they know will cause harm

when bad development decisions are

forced on local communities it can have

devastating consequences from reductions

in affordable housing and community

infrastructure to lost green spaces and

missed opportunities to redevelop

derelict land the government should

tighten up its policies to make sure

community and environmental interest

come first

planning empowers local people to create

a vision for where they live and to work

with their council to create a plan for

housing services and infrastructure

while protecting our green space

but councils and communities need to

know that the government will back them

to only approve development that

fulfills this plan government policy who

must change to make this a reality a

better planning system would deliver the

best of elevant possible to meet the

needs of people places and the

environment we want a system that is

accessible accountable to local people

and promote sustainable use of our land

then we'll have thriving places that

work for all of us and a countryside to


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