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Planning White Paper - last chance to comment

By Sophie Spencer
23rd October 2020

Why Government’s new planning reforms won’t mean better places to live.

As a charity that cares deeply about the countryside and green spaces in and around Bristol and Bath, we are deeply concerned about what is to come out of proposed planning reforms.

As it stands, local people will have a say about whether their areas will become ‘Growth’, ‘Renewal’ or ‘Protected’ zones. But they will then have no say on the individual developments that take place in those zones, as they do in the current system. This effectively halves participation in the planning process. We also believe that delivery of affordable homes will be made more difficult rather than easier.

At CPRE Avon and Bristol, we believe that a fit-for-purpose planning system is an essential part of how we create great communities and a healthy environment. If we have the ability to plan the right developments in the right places, this will also help bring social equity and economic growth, as well as meeting our climate and ecological ambitions.

We urge you to read our new briefing on the implications of the Planning White Paper Reforms and, if you feel strongly about this, do forward this email to your local Councillors so that they are fully aware that the reforms that are being put forward will fail to deliver a better planning system for our local area. We need to make the case for a planning system that puts local people at its heart. Deadline for comments is 29th October

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