Local Group Name - Campaign to Protect Rural England

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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.

As the Government announces the go-ahead on fracking today, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) raises concerns about the impact on the countryside and local communities.

The Government has today published its discussion paper on the future of Natural England, its natural environment adviser, and the Environment Agency [1].  The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes Ministers’ openness to dialogue, but warns that, if they make the wrong choices, the protection of England’s landscapes and wildlife will be undermined.

Countryside campaigners the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomed today’s announcement by the energy regulator Ofgem [1] that it will allow up to £500 million, over the eight years from 2013 to 2021, to be spent on burying existing National Grid transmission lines in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

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