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Grasmere, Lake District National Park

A life-long love for England’s National Parks

It is National Parks Week, an annual celebration of these wonderfully beautiful landscapes.

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How CPRE and LEPs can together do more for England's countryside

How CPRE and LEPs can together do more for England's countryside

I have worked at the Campaign to Protect Rural England as a planner for over 16 years and in the past six, I have also been a trustee of Wildlife & Countryside Link, an umbrella body which works on policy issues of common interest to CPRE and many other environmental NGOs. Both organisations have taken an interest in rural development but to date we have, with some exceptions, had little experience of engaging with LEPs.

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An urgent need for affordable housing in the countryside

An urgent need for affordable housing in the countryside

Too often, the housing crisis is portrayed as an exclusively urban issue. Rural poverty remains largely unacknowledged, even though low wages and high living costs mean there are pockets of real deprivation in the countryside.

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The woods in Black Park, Buckinghamshire

Renewing our vows to the humble country park

This week – you may be surprised to know - is the 50th anniversary of the Countryside Act 1968.

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What our planning system needs to do

What our planning system needs to do

Matt Thomson shares his ‘to do’ list for the revised national planning rules. The Government…

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