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England's Fragmented Countryside: West Midlands - intrusion statistics

Calculations of County and Unitary Authority areas disturbed by noise and visual intrusion.

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England's Fragmented Countryside: Yorkshire and the Humber - intrusion statistics

Calculations of County and Unitary Authority areas disturbed by noise and visual intrusion.

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England's hedgerows: don't cut them out!

Making the case for better hedgerow protection

This report calls for the current Hedgerow Regulations to be improved to give local authorities more powers to protect hedgerows that are valued in their local landscape and community. CPRE's survey showed 42 per cent of local councils want hedgerow protection rules to be made simpler to help them achieve this. CPRE believe with the right improvements, Hedgerows Regulations will become an even more effective means of protecting England’s important hedgerows.

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First Class Five

Securing a future for our finest landscapes

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Give peace a chance

Has planning policy contributed to rural tranquillity?

Tranquillity is a natural resource, and an essential quality of the countryside. It is a much valued aspect of human experience that CPRE has long championed. Although found in many places, it is the countryside that gives us the best chance to experience it. With its broad views, woodlands and heaths, wildlife, the sounds of nature, massive skies, and open water, the rural environment offers us many opportunities to experience deep tranquillity. It enables us to appreciate the beauty and harmony of the natural world. Tranquillity is a central part of why the countryside matters deeply to so many people and the reason many want to spend time there.

In this report CPRE calls on the new Government to take action to value and protect the character of the countryside, which gives people beautiful and tranquil places to enjoy and enriches their lives. We need to make the tranquillity policy that is already in national planning policy more effective. To do that we need improved guidance and an up-to-date evidence base to support tranquillity policy at local and national level.

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Going, going, gone? England's disappearing landscapes

Evidence from CPRE branches across England shows the unprecedented pressure for development in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This report calls on the Government to strengthen planning protection for designated landscapes and review how major development is dealt with in these locations, in order to protect and enhance their natural beauty for future generations.

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Hedgerow Regulations FAQs

A guide to the Hedgerow Regulations.

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Intrusion Map: East Midlands, 2007

A map showing the areas in the East Midlands region 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 regional 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: East Midlands, early 1960s

A map showing the areas in the East Midlands region 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 regional 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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