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Increasing the UK's long-term aviation capacity

CPRE's response to the Airports Commission's consultation

CPRE believes all three short-listed options to expand south east airports are unsustainable. Because England does not a national spatial plan, there has been no assessment of airport expansion with wider planning objectives, such as rebalancing regional economies and reusing brownfield sites. In addition the assessment of the impact of additional air traffic movements on tranquillity was wholly inadequate.


Joint Response to the Better Rail Stations Consultation

CPRE responded to consultation on Better Rail Stations report supporting increased investment in rail stations but calling for alternatives to the 100,000 new car parking spaces to be considered. Our call was supported by a wide range of NGOs.


Joint response to the transport measures of the Government's consultation paper on Draft Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies

A joint response from Campaign to Protect Rural England and six partner NGOs highlights concerns that the statement is too focused on economic goals and neglects social and environmental issues. The response argues the policy should respect the need for limits on carbon emissions, and place greater emphasis on improving the choice of public transport and provisions for walking and cycling.


Losing Lanes to Lorries

Country lanes are an intricate part of the English countryside. Yet heavy lorries are damaging them and the villages they pass through. This checklist explains how you can help tackle the problems of heavy lorries in your area. It describes how to undertake a lorry count, and use the findings to persuade your local highway authority to take action.


Making the Highways Agency a Government Company

The proposals to make the Highways Agency an arms-length company rely on too narrow a definition of efficiency. The evidence to justify the claim that locking into law higher spending on roads will make roads cheaper is weak. It fails to consider wider issues such as the need to reduce impacts on the natural environment or manage demand for road space.


National Infrastructure Assessment

The National Infrastructure Assessment would be the first long-term, cross sector strategy for the UK's infrastructure. CPRE believes that so long as it emphasises better functioning infrastructure systems - rather than simply bigger bits of infrastructure - the countryside could benefit. It is particularly welcome that the need for infrastructure to improve quality of life is now recognised.


National Infrastructure Commission

The Government consulted on "the proposed governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission". In this response, CPRE supports the creation of the Commission but calls for better processes for public engagement on infrastructure and for the Commission to be given an explicit environmental scope.


National Networks National Policy Statement

A CPRE briefing for the House of Commons designation debate

The National Networks National Policy Statement ('the NPS') is the first long-term planning document for the Strategic Road Network, railways and Rail Freight Interchanges. We welcome the creation of this NPS, which was originally due to be finalised in 2010, because putting planning policy for major road and rail schemes into one document makes the planning system more efficient and accessible.

Unfortunately the content of the NPS remains of concern and, although there have been a number of changes, these are unlikely to mean many differences in practice to the draft NPS that was published in December 2013.

Our briefing outlines CPRE's priorities for lobbying on this important planning document.


Petition against the High Speed Rail Bill

This petition is a formal summary of CPRE's grounds of objection to the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, which would give planning approval for phase 1 of High Speed 2. We call for the proposals to been changed, so as to secure better protection of the landscape and tranquillity, more integration with local transport, significant reduction of carbon emissions and a greater fit with national planning policy in order to regenerate brownfield land.


Priorities for Investment in the Rail Network

CPRE evidence to the Transport Select Committee

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) believes that current Government policy towards rail investment is seriously flawed and is still based on the now discredited ‘Predict and Provide’ approach. Transport appraisal tends to mask political choices by suggesting that the best transport schemes can be chosen as easily as best buys in a supermarket. We need a wider role for new stations and innovative local solutions.


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