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CPRE submits response to Housing White Paper

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CPRE Lancashire worked with our colleagues at CPRE National Office to draft a ‘robust response’ to the Government’s Housing White Paper.

CPRE broadly welcomes the White Paper in that it acknowledges that housing problems are multi-faceted, and are not simply a matter of perceived restrictions in the availability of land, despite arguments of some developers and think tanks to the contrary.

However, some proposals put forward will in our view cause more harm than good. With this in mind, CPRE outlines the key objectives that the Government should pursue, in relation to planning for housing:

  • Ensuring every local authority area is covered by an adopted Local Plan;

  • Maximising use of previously developed land for development and more strongly enforced restrictions against building on land that is generally restricted, in particular Green Belt and other designated areas;

  • Devising a standard fair and transparent methodology for estimating projections of Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing;

  • Reforming the proposed housing delivery test so that the penalty for failure to build out planning consents falls on the developer and not, as at present, on the Council;

  • Providing more resources for cash-strapped local planning authorities and

  • Ensuring appropriate community engagement and consultation when Local Plans are produced.

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