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Recreation and farming in Bath's Green Belt

Why people need the Green Belt

The Green Belt is the ‘countryside next door’ for 30 million people – more than half of England’s population

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Green Belt: When exceptional circumstances aren't exceptional

Green Belt: When exceptional circumstances aren't exceptional

It’s fair to say that we were relieved when the Housing White Paper was released with no sign of the Government explicitly weakening Green Belt protection. After weeks of rumours and ominous briefings by ‘Government sources’, it had seemed almost certain that the Government was going to abandon its manifesto pledge to ‘maintain protection of the Green Belt and other nationally designated landscapes.’ But our relief quickly turned to concern as it became clear that the Paper as a whole could serve to fundamentally weaken the status of Green Belt.

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Green Belt: One legacy we can be proud of

Green Belt: one legacy we can be proud of

CPRE's Paul Miner makes the case for protecting the Green Belt for future generations.

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Family enjoying a picnic in Bath's Green Belt

275,000 houses on Green Belt? The tip of the iceberg

Last week CPRE research revealed that at least 275,000 houses are planned for England’s Green Belt. This concerning figure is 25% more than last year and almost 200,000 more than in 2012, when the Government introduced its new planning policy - the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Let’s celebrate the power of trees

Let’s celebrate the power of trees

One year on from the launch of the Tree Charter, let's celebrate the power of…

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