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CPRE reacts to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, where the Chancellor made a number of announcements on issues affecting the countryside. Emma Marrington, CPRE’s senior rural policy campaigner, says: “It is great news that the Government has committed to a secure funding programme for National Parks and AONBs [Click…
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:47

HS2 Design Panel launch reaction

Reacting to the launch today of the HS2 Design Panel, Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “With HS2 contracts going out to tender, the formal launch of the HS2 Design Panel has come not a moment too soon. “Made up of people passionate…
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:39

Housing bill ‘won’t help build homes’

CPRE reacts to today’s publication of the Housing and Planning Bill. Matt Thomson, head of planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “We really welcome the bill’s proposal to increase support for neighbourhood planning and to introduce a brownfield register. “But unfortunately the bill risks slowing down…
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has reacted to the Prime Minister's announcement today on building 200,000 starter homes - and no longer requiring developers to provide low-cost rented homes. Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “The availability of truly affordable…

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  • quotesummary CPRE reacts to Government's Starter Homes announcement
It was announced yesterday by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, that the Government has worked with the National Housing Federation to propose a voluntary agreement to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants. 

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  • quotesummary CPRE aware of proposal to exempt 'rural areas' from extension to housing associations, but more consultation and more precise definitions are needed
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 15:47

Natural Capital Committee response welcomed

Today’s Government response to the Natural Capital Committee’s (NCC) third report sets out its plans to take forward advice on how to safeguard England’s natural capital. This includes elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and services to people, such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation.…
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 15:16

Government calls for more local food labelling

A Government press release today reports that Environment Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss has said that “local labelling, like showing what farm or county food is from, would help consumers take pride in buying British produce and support our growing rural economy”. The press release highlights new research from YouGov…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:31

Ministerial support for Our Green Belt campaign

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has responded to our letter marking the 60th anniversary of the Green Belt, recognising the support for the Green Belt shown in our survey, and emphasising the Government’s commitment to protecting Green Belt. He writes: “I recognise the strong popular support for Green Belt…
Wildlife and Countryside Link’s new vision of farming fit for the future, published today, brings together the views of 20 conservation and nature groups, including Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, National Trust, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust and WWF. The vision calls for a dialogue between…

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