Local Group Name - Campaign to Protect Rural England

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Countryside campaigners, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), believe the priority for a new roads programme will devastate our precious countryside.  New roads are being promoted on the ill-considered leap of faith that road building can deliver economic growth and regeneration.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) believe The Growth and Infrastructure Bill is a below the radar attack on level-headed planning and protection of the nation’s precious environment and countryside.  It will do little to deliver important long term economic development, but it will send a mistaken message that any development is good for growth.

Countryside campaigners, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), have today called for major changes to the Government’s new Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

Countryside campaigners, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), are concerned about the promised review of 6,000 pages of planning best practice guidance, following the low-key announcement by Ministers yesterday (16 October).

New polling finds that, even in difficult economic times, the English public is ready and willing to support a small charge on carrier bags to cut litter.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:16

Don’t allow cash for wind turbines

Commenting on the announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of a review of the costs of onshore wind and community engagement and benefits, the Campaign to Protect Rural England  (CPRE) has cautioned against taking a simplistic view which would undermine the planning system.

Rural campaigners have welcomed the long awaited publication of the Government’s Rural Statement but are disappointed by the sidelining of environmental issues.

Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:17

Government housing and planning announcement

Responding to the Government’s planned announcement on housing and planning, Countryside Campaigners, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) are encouraged by the early indications that there are no plans to alter protections for the Green Belt. Direct investment for more affordable housing is urgently needed and these ambitions are welcome. However, CPRE is concerned that removing the planning obligations on developers to provide affordable housing could result in fewer affordable houses being built.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 15:17

Reading the reshuffle runes

Countryside campaigners the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) react to some key moves in the Government reshuffle.

Chancellor George Osborne’s comment today that he would like to see more ‘imaginative’ thinking by planning authorities and allow more building on Green Belt land is at odds with a previous Government pledge to protect it,  along with the positive Green Belt campaigning of other ministers and coalition MPs.

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