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CPRE response to Housing White Paper consultation

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2 May 2017

CPRE has submitted a response to the Government's Housing White Paper which sets out plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new houses in England.


The Campaign to Protect Rural England has submitted its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Housing White Paper, published in February 2017 - 'Fixing our Broken Housing Market'. The consultation ended on 2 May. Download our submission at the bottom of this page.

The CPRE submission has been compiled following extensive consultation with the network of 43 branches (including CPRE Buckinghamshire) and 8 regional groups across England.

CPRE believes that the key objectives that the Government should pursue, in relation to planning for housing, should be:

  • Ensuring every part of the country has an up to date plan;
  • Maximising use of suitable land for development and more strongly enforced restrictions against building on land that is generally unsuitable, in particular Green Belts and other designated areas;
  • Devising a standard approach to determining Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) that is realistic in the approach to how, and how many, households will be formed across England in the coming years, and what their housing needs are;
  • Reforming the proposed housing delivery test to shift the emphasis away from penalising local authorities and communities for housebuilders’ failure to deliver;
  • Providing more resources for planning authorities; and
  • Ensuring appropriate community engagement and consultation.

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