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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.

New research published today (Saturday) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that almost half of England’s local authorities (48 per cent) will be without a planning Core Strategy on 1 April 2012 when changes to the planning system are expected to take effect [1].  This means that when the presumption in favour of sustainable development is rolled out, nearly half the country will be very vulnerable to unplanned, poor quality development.

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has today (Friday) published its report on the recommendations made by the Farming Regulation Task Force [1]. While welcoming the findings of the Task Force the Committee has also recognised that the environment shouldn't be put at risk by over-zealous deregulation and a rush to introduce voluntary approaches. [2]

In response to letters from the Prime Minister to the National Trust and to a range of environmental and conservation organisations, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England surrounding his Government’s planning reforms, Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of CPRE says:

In an open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Shaun Spiers reminded the Lib Dem leader of a speech in which he said: “Fixing the economy must never come at the expense of protecting the environment. The two must go hand in hand.”

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