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The Government has confirmed a decision on the future of Lydd Airport. This afternoon, the Secretary of State's Decision was made public: the airport will be extended. Planning permission was also granted to build a new terminal.

A national survey conducted by rural campaigners and astronomers has revealed a huge difference in the experience people have of the night sky across the country. Over half of the population live with severe light pollution and only five per cent of respondents enjoy truly dark skies.

A rallying call is issued today (Wednesday) by Sir Andrew Motion, CPRE’s President, as the Government’s planning rule-book threatens to be a builders’ charter.

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.

Campaign to Protect Rural England offers reality check on Policy Exchange self-build report (issued today): Bypassing the local planning system and deciding sites for new houses by auction is not a realistic solution.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (6 March 2013) reveals that just over half of English councils are not prepared for the Government’s planning reforms, with potentially damaging consequences for the countryside. CPRE is therefore calling on Ministers to extend the transitional period to allow local plans to be put in place.

A new alliance of civic, environmental and transport bodies including the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Campaign for Better Transport, and Civic Voice, today calls for a radically new ‘Smart Growth’ [1] approach which they want adopted for any new large scale developments. They are backed by respected figures from all three main political parties, including Tory grandee and former Environment Secretary Lord Deben (John Gummer).

The Campaign to Protect Rural England calls on the Government to accept recommendations which will help secure the future for England’s trees and woods.

"Glance at the night sky and what you see is history, and lots of it. Our faithful companion the North Star appears not as it is now, but as it was when its light left it sometime during the early fourteenth century.” Bill Bryson, CPRE Vice President.

The Government is due to publish its preferred route for phase 2 of High Speed 2 (HS2) north of Birmingham [1] by the end of January 2013. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is concerned about the impact on the countryside, but believes it will be impossible to rush to conclusions until the detail is known.

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