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Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:51

CPRE 2014 Budget Response

Responding to today's Budget the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) identifies some environmental winners and losers

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is putting a call-out to the country’s “citizen scientists” to join in Star Count 2014 – a cosmic census to help tackle light pollution.

In a Written Ministerial Statement on 1 July, entitled Planning and Travellers, the Government finally agreed with the concerns we have been raising about the insufficient protection being given to Green Belt by decision makers (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/planning-and-travellers). The WMS, sections of which apply to both traveller sites and conventional housing, stated:

In a Written Ministerial Statement on 1 July, entitled Planning and Travellers, the Government finally agreed with the concerns we have been raising about the insufficient protection being given to Green Belt by decision makers (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/planning-and-travellers). The WMS, sections of which apply to both traveller sites and conventional housing, stated:

‘As set out in [the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites] and in March 2012’s national planning policy framework, inappropriate development in the green belt should not be approved except in very special circumstances. Having considered recent planning decisions by councils and the planning inspectorate, it has become apparent that, in some cases, the green belt is not always being given the sufficient protection that was the explicit policy intent of Ministers.

The Secretary of State wishes to make clear that, in considering planning applications, although each case will depend on its facts, he considers that the single issue of unmet demand, whether for traveller sites or for conventional housing, is unlikely to outweigh harm to the green belt and other harm to constitute the “very special circumstances” justifying inappropriate development in the green belt.’ [Our emphasis]

This intervention suggests that the Government listened and responded to the call for clarification and reaffirmation of Green Belt policies in relation to land supply assessments, set out in our report, Countryside Promises, Planning Realities. As with the recent announcement on planning for wind energy we would welcome feedback on how this announcement is being considered by local authorities and the Inspectorate. Please feed any examples in to Paul Miner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 20 May 2013 12:54

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

The Growth and Infrastructure Act received Royal Assent on Thursday 26th April. A late Government amendment to the Bill means that ministers’ plans to extend permitted development rights to larger home extensions will go ahead, but through the prior approval process, with homeowners having a responsibility to notify the local planning authority who will in turn notify immediate neighbours, who will have a 21 day window to lodge objections.

Monday, 15 April 2013 12:55

CPRE launches the Transport Toolkit

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is launching a new website today (Monday 15 April) that gives people, villages and neighbourhoods greater control over local travel choices. New rules give communities greater powers to influence local transport and planning, while emerging technologies such as electric bikes and map apps mean more opportunities to improve access.

A major analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) of how the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) [1] is being implemented during its first year is published today (Monday).  The emerging evidence raises significant concerns about whether the reformed planning system is capable of securing development the country needs and preventing damaging schemes in the wrong locations.

The Observer - 2nd December 2012

As president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sir Andrew Motion expected to be involved in a few disputes. But the thoughts of Nick Boles, the new minister for planning, fill him with horror and anger

New polling finds that, even in difficult economic times, the English public is ready and willing to support a small charge on carrier bags to cut litter.

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