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CALL FOR REFORM OF THE HOUSING PLANNING SYSTEM

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A new report from the Council for the Protection of Rural England calls for reform of the housing planning system, ...
A new report from the Council for the Protection of Rural England calls for reform of the housing planning system, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

CPRE assistant director Tony Burton told the programme: 'John Prescott said he wants to break the mould of predict and provide, but he hasn't given local authorities anything else to do, so they're carrying on with the old system'.

The CPRE report 'House of Cards' says the system of using trend-based predictions to set out how many houses should be built in a county should be replaced with a system that starts by looking at the capacity of the environment and at social need.

Brian Wilson, director of Serplan (the London and south east regional planning conference) told Today that from now on, the additional housing needed in south east England could be accommodated within urban areas.

Serplan says local authorities should impose a strict test on whether development on green field sites is needed. Only when they cannot possibly find any urban space should they look at land outside the urban areas, he said.
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