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On 7 July 2016 the Committee on Climate Change published its report on the compatibility of UK onshore petroleum (including shale gas exploitation) with meeting the UK’s carbon budgets. It concludes that emissions from shale gas production must be accommodated within UK carbon budgets. As the Government cancelled its £1bn…
In recognition of the broad range of views held by our members, the Campaign to Protect Rural England did not take sides in the EU referendum debate. Following today's referendum result, Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “We have endured a long and…
Several new bills of interest to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) were announced in the Queen's Speech today. These included a Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill, and a Digital Economy Bill.

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  • quotesummary Positive signs on neighbourhood planning, but concerns about planning conditions.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 09:04

Stellar news for South Downs

CPRE applauds today's announcement that the South Downs, England's newest National Park, has been awarded Dark Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association. Reserves are designated by the international body if they meet standards for night sky quality and natural darkness in a core area, with a peripheral area…
CPRE is today urging MPs to back a Lords amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill that would introduce a neighbourhood right of appeal. A neighbourhood right of appeal would engage local people in planning and encourage communities to support neighbourhood plans, which the Government has shown increase plans for…

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  • quotesummary CPRE is urging MPs to support original Lords amendment introducing a right of appeal and to reject Government’s own amendment
The Communities and Local Government select committee has today published its report on the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy. The report analysed and commented on the evidence collected by the committee, which included oral evidence from Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural…
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:23

LPEG review too focused on housebuilding

On 16 March, the Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) presented recommendations on how to speed up and simplify the process of making local plans. The review was led by John Rhodes, a planning consultant and a member of the practitioner group who produced the widely-criticised draft National Planning Policy Framework…
Monday, 21 March 2016 12:21

High Speed 2 to Scotland

Responding to the Government publication Broad Options for upgraded and High Speed Railways between the north of England and Scotland, Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and Legal at CPRE, said:   "With capacity and resilience as important as speed, we welcome this major study on the way forward for our railways…
So much of CPRE’s work is grounded in landscape and sense of place, and last week England lost a great geographer, Doreen Massey. Based at the Open University, Professor Massey’s inspirational work shaped ideas around ‘space’ and ‘place’ that have been greatly influential in geography, not just in Britain, but…

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