Early successes – the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947
Locally and nationally, CPRE campaigned for the importance of land use planning.
CPRE was strongly involved in the creation of the seminal 1947 Town and Country Planning Act (the Act). The Act means that changing the way that land is used, or building on it, requires permission from local planning authorities. To guide their decision-making, local authorities are asked to prepare ‘local plans’ setting out their vision for meeting current and future needs of the communities they represent. The Act established the fundamental principle of democratic land use planning which remains in place today.