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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.”

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.”

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:23

PM agrees to a meeting to discuss planning reforms

In an exchange in today’s (Wednesday) Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron agreed to meet with CPRE and other groups concerned about the Government’s planning reform agenda.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:27

PM agrees to a meeting to discuss planning reforms

In an exchange in today’s (Wednesday) Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron agreed to meet with CPRE and other groups concerned about the Government’s planning reform agenda.

As Energy Secretary Chris Huhne prepares to announce the shortlist of a pylon design competition at the V&A Museum as part of the London Design Festival. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) maintain that the best place for energy cables in our most valued landscapes is underground, not strung between intrusive pylons.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is today (Friday) calling on Ministers to keep to their pre-election promises and rebalance the planning appeals system.

Monday, 05 September 2011 17:24

Osborne and Pickles: talking, not listening

Responding to comments made by Chancellor George Osborne and Communities Sectary Eric Pickles in a joint article for the Financial Times (http://on.ft.com/nkBhbJ),Shaun Spiers, Campaign to Protect Rural England Chief Executive, says:

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