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Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:51

CPRE 2014 Budget Response

Responding to today's Budget the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) identifies some environmental winners and losers

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is putting a call-out to the country’s “citizen scientists” to join in Star Count 2014 – a cosmic census to help tackle light pollution.

The Government’s new transport strategy must revitalise or build diversionary routes on the rail network to mitigate major disruption caused by floods, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging.

Government proposals for a new "fast track" planning court would remove critical democratic safeguards for local communities, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) warns today.

CPRE expressed disappointment at today's announcement by Defra [1] on how much money rural development measures, including green farming schemes, will receive.

Responding to today's announcement that the consultation on the environmental impact of HS2 will end as early as 24 January 2014, Ralph Smyth, barrister and Senior Transport Campaigner for the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says:

'The Government has chosen the minimum length of time allowed [1] for its consultation on the biggest ever environmental impact assessment in UK history. A 56 day formal consultation period for 50,000 pages of documents means you would need to read 1,000 pages a day just to know what is proposed. To add insult to injury this period includes the Christmas and New Year holidays, when Parliament has 23 days off.

Growth agenda is fuelling damaging development across National Parks and other precious landscapes

That was the response of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the announcement today that Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has applied for judicial review of the Airports Commission's refusal to revisit its airport expansion criteria. In September the Commission had to relieve one of its members of his duties after it was revealed he was still being paid by the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) when he took up his role. MAG are the owners of Stansted airport and have submitted a proposal for three extra runways that would devastate large areas of countryside and would damage tranquillity further still.

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