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The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) believes Ministers have made significant progress towards meeting the concerns raised by rural campaigners about the draft planning framework published last year, making some vital improvements that should achieve better planning outcomes.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has welcomed the statement to Parliament by Planning Minister Greg Clark, but will now be examining the detail prior to commenting at greater length later today.

Responding to today's Budget statement the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) condemned the Chancellor's rhetoric on planning as misguided and dangerous. The group also expressed deep concerns about the Government’s transport strategy and the suggestion that it is going soft on airport expansion in the South East.

The Govt will shortly finalise its National Planning Policy Framework, the most important shake-up of the planning system for almost 30 years. This media briefing sets out the story so far and what issues to look out for when this highly controversial document is published.

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:16

New district group for B&NES

CPRE Avonside is starting a new district group for B&NES. We are holding a public meeting to launch the group, and we would like to invite you to come along. The meeting will be at The Crown, Saltford, at 7.30pm on Thursday March 8th  (500 Bath Road, Saltford, BS31 3HJ - on the A4 through Saltford). All are welcome.

Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:15

New CPRE group for Bristol

CPRE Avonside is starting a new district group for Bristol. We are holding a public meeting to launch the group, and we would like to invite you to come along. The meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd April at the Horfield Quaker Meeting (300 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8PD). All are welcome – come to the main entrance to the left of the building.

Armada House,  Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ

Free but booking is required

The Localism Act is intended to give communities a real voice in the planning system. It allows community groups to form ‘Neighbourhood Forums’ and to create Neighbourhood Development Plans, to help shape development in their area.

But how will it work in practice? How much power will community groups really have? And just how will decisions be made about which groups act as the Neighbourhood Forum for their area?

If you are interested in planning and development in your area and you want to learn more about how the Localism Act will work, CPRE is running a conference in Bristol to try to answer those questions. It is open to individuals and community groups who want to learn how to have a real voice in planning for their local area.

Speakers will include Paul Miner (CPRE Senior Planning Campaigner) and Sarah O’Driscoll (Bristol City Council Strategic Planning Service Manager).

There will be talks by ‘front-runner’ groups about the reality of producing Neighbourhood Development Plans, and discussions on the more awkward questions that the Localism Bill has brought up – just what are the limits of Localism? How can community groups effectively involve and engage the people in their area in planning? And can communities really use the Localism Act to say no to unwanted development?

Lunch will be provided - please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Places for this event are limited and will be allocated ‘first come first served’.

For more information or to book a place, please contact:

Joe Evans
CPRE Avonside
07854 741130
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Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning is a joint project between CPRE and the National Association of Local Councils, funded by DCLG.

Rural campaigners and astronomers are giving amateur star-gazers a second chance to help them map light pollution after poor weather conditions prevented some people from making the necessary observation to contribute to 2012’s national Star Count Week.

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:18

Economic case for planning reforms debunked

A new study into the costs and benefits of the planning system finds that the Government’s proposed reforms are likely to have little or no effect on growth and could even undermine public wellbeing.

Monday, 06 February 2012 13:19

Stunning new maps show countryside at risk

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today launches a report with detailed new maps showing that 55 per cent of England’s countryside could be at increased risk from development as a consequence of the Government’s reforms of the planning system. This equates to an area almost three-and-a-half times the size of Wales [1].

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