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CPRE launches crowdsourcing campaign to map brownfield sites across England

  • Planning approvals down but system is too reliant on direct ministerial intervention
  • Strategic planning needed to help neighbouring councils minimise impact on shared landscapes
  • Clearer policy and guidance would limit damage to the countryside
  • Incentives needed for use of commercial and brownfield sites

Following the Queen’s speech today (Wednesday), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) warns of increasing threats to the countryside.

  • Countryside at risk as councils forced to accept two thirds of major development on appeal
  • Towns and villages under siege while brownfield land remains unused
  • Over 100 local authorities could be without valid local plans by General Election
  • Improved planning policies needed to prioritise regeneration and reduce loss of countryside

The Government’s planning reforms are unnecessarily damaging the countryside and undermining local democracy while failing to prioritise the reuse of brownfield land and regeneration of urban areas, concludes a new report launched today (Monday) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The Government’s new transport strategy must revitalise or build diversionary routes on the rail network to mitigate major disruption caused by floods, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging.

Government proposals for a new "fast track" planning court would remove critical democratic safeguards for local communities, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) warns today.

CPRE expressed disappointment at today's announcement by Defra [1] on how much money rural development measures, including green farming schemes, will receive.

Responding to today's announcement that the consultation on the environmental impact of HS2 will end as early as 24 January 2014, Ralph Smyth, barrister and Senior Transport Campaigner for the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says:

'The Government has chosen the minimum length of time allowed [1] for its consultation on the biggest ever environmental impact assessment in UK history. A 56 day formal consultation period for 50,000 pages of documents means you would need to read 1,000 pages a day just to know what is proposed. To add insult to injury this period includes the Christmas and New Year holidays, when Parliament has 23 days off.

Growth agenda is fuelling damaging development across National Parks and other precious landscapes

That was the response of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the announcement today that Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has applied for judicial review of the Airports Commission's refusal to revisit its airport expansion criteria. In September the Commission had to relieve one of its members of his duties after it was revealed he was still being paid by the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) when he took up his role. MAG are the owners of Stansted airport and have submitted a proposal for three extra runways that would devastate large areas of countryside and would damage tranquillity further still.

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