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Strategic Environmental Assessment for Further Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing: Environmental Report

CPRE's response focuses on “unconventional” oil and gas exploration and production, notably shale gas, which is also the focus for the Strategic Environmental Assessment Report itself. We draw on CPRE’s national policy position on shale gas and our subsequent work in this area, setting out CPRE's concerns over the limited application of the precautionary principle given the major uncertainties, the insufficient environmental protection offered by the draft licensing plan, and the potential cumulative impact on the landscape and climate change effects.

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The countryside generation game

The effect of changes in planning for renewable energy one year on

Our analysis of the evidence indicates the Government’s changes to, and interventions in, the renewable energy planning system since summer 2013 have clearly reduced the proportion of solar farm and onshore wind projects receiving planning approval. This has helped reduce the associated landscape impacts and other local effects. However, our analysis also suggests that the jury is still out on whether the planning policy changes have achieved a better long-term balance between local environmental protection and producing low-carbon energy.

From the analysis set out in this report, CPRE make recommendations on the need for clear guidance for decision makers and a strategic, plan-led approach to developing renewable energy infrastructure which addresses cumulative impacts on landscape. We would also like to see brownfield land unsuitable for housing being used for solar farms in preference to greenfield sites, and the subsidy regime should be used to encourage this. We also need to overcome major barriers to the extensive use of commercial roofspace for solar electricity.

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Better planning needed on renewable energy to protect the countryside
Give your view: Making better use of brownfield land for renewable energy

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The National Grid and designated landscapes, map

Map showing the location of new electricity pylons which would cut through National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The right energy infrastructure for the right reasons - CPRE manifesto briefing

We need to reduce demand rather than drive it, make better use of existing energy infrastructure and smarter decisions on new investment.

This is a detailed briefing based on CPRE's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

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Warm and Green

Achieving affordable, low carbon energy while reducing impacts on the countryside

This report, and the research underpinning it, sheds new light on the scale of the energy problems we face and the solutions needed to tackle them. It explores the current realities of greening rural homes and community buildings. This report also considers how we can make the necessary cuts in carbon from housing and what this might mean for the countryside.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) commissioned Cambridge Architectural Research and Anglia Ruskin University to conduct research to fill a key gap in knowledge.

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Wirescapes or landscapes?

A map show plans for new electricity lines and existing high power electricity lines.

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