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Why strategic roads need a green retrofit programme

Alongside a dozen other transport and environmental groups, CPRE has set out its aspirations for a 'green retrofit' programme. This would reduce the environmental impact of roads, such as by improving conditions for cycling and restoring tranquillity by tackling noise.


Technical consultation on planning

A consultation response from Campaign to Protect Rural England


The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on several changes to the planning system.



Removing obstacles to brownfield development

With recent statistics showing that housing development is decreasing on previously developed sites but increasing on the Green Belt, Removing obstacles to brownfield development calls for Government to implement a range of inventive policies to realise the potential of brownfield house building.

The paper calls for:

the taxation of uncompleted housing for which planning permission has been granted on brownfield land;
improved funding and assistance for brownfield remediation;
special planning measures and state intervention to aid redevelopment;
and the increased use of tax increment financing.


Stand up for the countryside: A manifesto for the 2015 General Election

Our manifesto sets out our priorities for the next Government under three themes:

  • the right housing in the right places
  • the right infrastructure for the right reasons
  • a beautiful countryside to sustain us all


Targeting the countryside

The impact of housing land supply requirements on green spaces and local democracy

Our new research paper shows how a loophole in national planning guidance is allowing developers to bypass local democracy and gain planning permission for large housing developments in the countryside. Our paper was informed by a full research report commissioned by CPRE from respected consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff which is also available below.


From field to fork: Norwich

Mapping the local food web

This report is part of a wider project, Mapping Local Food Webs, and reveals that Norwich's local food web supports around 1,390 local jobs in farming, food production and at outlets, and supports local suppliers with turnover of over £52 million. The report sets out the main findings on the benefits of the local food web to Norwich and the challenges and barriers to a stronger local food system together with recommendations for action for local authorities, businesses and the community.


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