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Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:25

Planning reform threatens wildlife goals

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman MP has made public the latest England Biodiversity Strategy, but its welcome ambitions are threatened by the Government’s agenda for planning reform.

Planning minister Bob Neill has today (Sunday 7/8) described opposition to the Government’s proposed planning reforms by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Trust as ‘a carefully choreographed smear campaign by Left-wingers based within the national headquarters of pressure groups’.

The Government has published a highly sensitive draft National Planning Policy Framework for public consultation. It represents the biggest shake-up of planning for over 50 years and CPRE believes it will place the countryside under increasing threat as the economy recovers.

The Government has published a highly sensitive draft National Planning Policy Framework for public consultation. It represents the biggest shake-up of planning for over 50 years and CPRE believes it will place the countryside under increasing threat as the economy recovers.

In June 2011 CPRE submitted comments on the Government’s proposed Draft National Planning Policy Framework.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (Wednesday) launches new research demonstrating how well over 4,000 full time equivalent green jobs could be created by a UK deposit refund system (DRS) for drinks containers [1]. The findings are being presented by waste consultants Eunomia at the TUC Climate Change Conference: What makes a good green government?

Monday, 04 July 2011 15:25

CPRE welcomes Forestry report

The Campaign to Protect Rural England welcomes the Independent Panel on Forestry’s final report, and calls on Ministers to put its vision into action including by promoting a second National Forest for England.

Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:30

Village of the Year 2011 underway

We are grateful to Francoise and Nigel for having answered our plea for more judges. Wilfred and Jean Smith have stepped down after a decade of walking the Avonside streets; who knows, in a few years from now they may find it possible to view churchyards and playing fields without awarding marks out of ten.

The major Government announcement today (Thursday) will set the terms of debates over energy infrastructure for years to come. Responding to the proposed National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure [1] in particular, Paul Miner, Senior Planning Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says:

You may be wondering what the results were of the star count survey we held earlier this year. Over 2,200 people took part – and unfortunately they found that light pollution in the United Kingdom is getting worse. ??We want to make our Star Count Week an annual event to bring thousands of people into the campaign against light pollution. And we’re working with the Government to reduce the spread of this intrusive night blight, alongside CPRE local groups campaigning for councils to introduce lighting policies.??Want to know what the light pollution in your area is like? We’ve mapped the survey results.

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