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We care about planning

Old Kiln Lanes development in Chinnor Old Kiln Lanes development in Chinnor Photo: © Becky Crockett

There are many planning challenges currently facing Oxfordshire and the Oxford Green Belt including housing, windfarms, mineral extraction, waste and transport infrastructure. We consider each one on its merits and ask: it is appropriate? Is it needed? What impact will it have on our countryside and our communities?

Good land-use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection and has always been one of CPRE's top campaigning priorities.

Good planning can help slow the growth of road traffic, encourage urban regeneration in our towns and city, curb urban sprawl, protect designated environments like the Oxford Green Belt and the county’s three AONBs, protect and enhance the beauty and tranquillity of the Oxfordshire countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats.

Campaigning to establish, and then improve, the land use planning system has always been a priority for the CPRE. At the national level, we were closely involved in the establishment of the system in 1947, with the Town and Country Planning Act, and subsequent revisions, particularly the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

Today, through our network of district groups and our county branch, we take part in the planning process every day: monitoring applications, thinking about the pros and cons and above all asking: is it appropriate?

CPRE appears at more public inquiries and local plan examinations than any other organisation, and nationally, monitors an estimated 200,000 planning applications a year!

We advise on neighbourhood planning, get involved in consultations on Local Plans. And when changes are made in planning legislation and planning policy we make sure our voice is heard loud and clear by those making the decisions. We don't allow political, emotional or financial considerations to cloud our position - our job is to defend the countryside and we do that using logic, reason and careful consideration of all the facts.

Help with planning

Planning can be complex. And with the many changes in legislation locally and nationally in 2012 it's good to know CPRE has many resources available to help you. If you'd like to know how to respond to planning applications check out CPRE's useful leaflet here, or visit CPRE's fabulously clear Planning help website.

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