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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].

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:20

Autumn statement: CPRE reaction

Autumn statement a road plan for disaster

In an open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Shaun Spiers reminded the Lib Dem leader of a speech in which he said: “Fixing the economy must never come at the expense of protecting the environment. The two must go hand in hand.”

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:27

PM agrees to a meeting to discuss planning reforms

In an exchange in today’s (Wednesday) Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron agreed to meet with CPRE and other groups concerned about the Government’s planning reform agenda.

Friday, 19 August 2011 13:27

Planning reform threatens wildlife goals

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman MP has made public the latest England Biodiversity Strategy, but its welcome ambitions are threatened by the Government’s agenda for planning reform.

Planning minister Bob Neill has today (Sunday 7/8) described opposition to the Government’s proposed planning reforms by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Trust as ‘a carefully choreographed smear campaign by Left-wingers based within the national headquarters of pressure groups’.

The Government has published a highly sensitive draft National Planning Policy Framework for public consultation. It represents the biggest shake-up of planning for over 50 years and CPRE believes it will place the countryside under increasing threat as the economy recovers.

In June 2011 CPRE submitted comments on the Government’s proposed Draft National Planning Policy Framework.

Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:30

Village of the Year 2011 underway

We are grateful to Francoise and Nigel for having answered our plea for more judges. Wilfred and Jean Smith have stepped down after a decade of walking the Avonside streets; who knows, in a few years from now they may find it possible to view churchyards and playing fields without awarding marks out of ten.

You may be wondering what the results were of the star count survey we held earlier this year. Over 2,200 people took part – and unfortunately they found that light pollution in the United Kingdom is getting worse. ??We want to make our Star Count Week an annual event to bring thousands of people into the campaign against light pollution. And we’re working with the Government to reduce the spread of this intrusive night blight, alongside CPRE local groups campaigning for councils to introduce lighting policies.??Want to know what the light pollution in your area is like? We’ve mapped the survey results.

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