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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:15

MPs right to give amber signal to High Speed Rail

Countryside campaigners have welcomed the Transport Select Committee’s much anticipated report into High Speed 2 (HS2) [1]. The report supports arguments made by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) that the current proposals give ‘undue emphasis’ to the need for a world record speed of 250mph [2].

CAP reforms risk being little more then an exercise in ‘green-washing’ unless UK takes a strong position with EU partners

Following the publication of Defra's Interim Response to the Farming Regulation Taskforce [1], which sets out progress to date on many of its recommendations, Ian Woodhurst, CPRE's Senior Farming Campaigner says:

Following the close of the public consultation on the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and an important Parliamentary debate on the Localism Bill, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (Tuesday) warns that the fight to protect the ordinary countryside and the Green Belt, and to secure much needed urban regeneration, is far from over.

The Government is failing to deliver on its wildlife and landscape promises, according to a report compiled by 29 of the UK’s leading environmental groups.

In a succinct yet powerful Legal Opinion the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Honorary Standing Counsel, John Hobson QC, has criticised the Government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for weakening protection of the Green Belt and wider countryside [1].

A Government sponsored competition to find a new electricity pylon design is to be judged this Wednesday with the winner announced by Energy Secretary Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, on Friday (14 October) [1]. While this is a welcome initiative, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) maintains that whatever the result the best place for energy cables in our most valued landscapes is underground, not strung between intrusive pylons.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:19

CPRE issues quality challenge to house builders

In the midst of a controversial national debate over the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system, Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), will today (Wednesday) address a conference of house builders [1].

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:19

Farming CAP Reform: A great leap backwards

CPRE has expressed dismay and concern about proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) announced today (Wednesday) by The European Commission [1].

The Government is being given the chance to “walk the walk” on planning reforms today in the Lords, charity campaigners have said.

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