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Hedgerow Regulations FAQs

A guide to the Hedgerow Regulations.

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Intrusion Map: England, 2007

A map showing the areas in England disturbed by the presence of noise and visual intrusion from major infrastructure such as motorways and A roads, urban areas and airports. This map is one of a series of three national maps which show change in the extent of intrusion and the resulting fragmentation of the undisturbed countryside from the early 1960s to the early 1990s to 2007.

For purposes of comparison the maps from each period are based on current regional boundaries drawn from the Ordnance Survey Strategy (2006) dataset.

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Intrusion Map: England, early 1960s

A map showing the areas in England disturbed by the presence of noise and visual intrusion from major infrastructure such as motorways and A roads, urban areas and airports. This map is one of a series of three national maps which show change in the extent of intrusion and the resulting fragmentation of the undisturbed countryside from the early 1960s to the early 1990s to 2007.

For purposes of comparison the maps from each period are based on current regional boundaries drawn from the Ordnance Survey Strategy (2006) dataset.

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Intrusion Map: England, early 1990s

A map showing the areas in England disturbed by the presence of noise and visual intrusion from major infrastructure such as motorways and A roads, urban areas and airports. This map is one of a series of three national maps which show change in the extent of intrusion and the resulting fragmentation of the undisturbed countryside from the early 1960s to the early 1990s to 2007.

For purposes of comparison the maps from each period are based on current regional boundaries drawn from the Ordnance Survey Strategy (2006) dataset.

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Landlines: why we need a strategic approach to land

Our new pamphlet argues that the case for a national approach to land use is more pressing than ever by showing that England’s land is under an increasing multitude of pressures. The current, fragmentary approach to land use is failing to address the problems caused by often conflicting demands: environmental degradation, rising costs and harm to health and wellbeing.

The ‘Landlines’ pamphlet brings together a number of experts to argue for greater national coordination on land use, a longer term approach that can enhance both the environment and the economy. Architect Sir Terry Farrell, UK Committee on Climate Change Chair Lord Deben, and Chair of the Woodland Trust Baroness Young are among those who propose different national solutions for how we use our land.

Sir Terry Farrell CBE, architect and urban planner, said:

“The scale, complexity and seriousness of these issues mean we cannot any longer proceed as before, treating land as a disposable asset. We have now got to plan proactively for rapid and radical change.”

Download the report now.

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Landscapes for everyone: creating a better future

A shared vision of why we must treasure our landscapes and how Government can help

CPRE has been leading the development of ‘Landscapes for Everyone: Creating a Better Future’. It is supported by 33 organisations including the National Trust, the Campaign for National Parks, the Ramblers, the John Muir Trust, the Open Spaces Society, the British Mountaineering Council and the Landscape Institute. We have a shared vision of why our unique British landscapes should be better valued for the benefit of current and future generations and what Government action is needed to achieve this.

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Mapping Tranquillity

Defining and assessing a valuable resource

Places that make us feel tranquil take us away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and help us to relax — but they face a multitude of threats and are shrinking in size. We have developed a new method of mapping tranquil areas which builds on our previous work. This methodology takes into account people's experiences of the countryside and what qualities contribute to a feeling of tranquillity. It also looks at what factors detract from tranquillity — people, landscape and noise are key themes. The resulting tranquillity maps can be used as an important indicator in helping to protect the the countryside. This report explains the research undertaken in the north east of England to develop the new methodology and mapping techniques in two pilot study areas: Northumberland National Park and the West Durham Coalfield.

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National Parks: Planning for the Future

The Campaign for National Parks, the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England believe that the protection for National Parks should be strengthened. This briefing summarises the key findings from recent research we commissioned from Sheffield Hallam University examining the planning process for major developments in, or just outside, National Parks and sets out recommendations on how to improve their protection.

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