ACC environment chairman Derek Bateman said:
'Counties are at the forefront of sustainable development. They listen to residents, fight their corner with ministers and are not 'brow beaten' into accepting unwanted development.
'However, people still need houses and difficult planning decisions are often necessary about where to put them. All the competing needs of a community have to be reconciled. County councils strike a balance between social, economic and environmental matters when planning new developments.
All county councils target derelict land for redevelopment in their structure plans to reduce the need for new developments in the countryside.
Although it expressed disappointment with some aspects of the CPRE paper 'Testing, testing', the ACC welcomes their efforts to inform the public about environmental issues.