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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…
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:02

CPRE supports launch of new planning resource

HRH The Prince of Wales was among those celebrating the launch of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community’s new ‘Beauty In My Back Yard’ (BIMBY) housing toolkit yesterday. BIMBY is a new resource that gives communities the tools to directly influence the quality and beauty of new building developments in…
CPRE today welcomes the first report from a new cross-party House of Lords select committee on the built environment.

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  • quotesummary CPRE welcomes a report from a new cross-party House of Lords select committee that raises concerns around Government housing policy.
The Communities and Local Government select committee released its second report of evidence on housing associations and the right to buy yesterday (10 February). The report focuses on the voluntary agreement between Government and housing associations on extending the right to buy to housing association tenants. With just 8% of…
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:42

Flooding in Northern England

Through the month of December 2015 Northern England faced terrible flooding. Communities in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester were faced with the devastating consequences of unprecedented rainfall and inadequate flood defences. Belinda Gordon, CPRE’s head of government and rural affairs, outlines how we can seek to mitigate the possibility…
The announcement that the Government has issued licences to explore for oil and gas underneath protected areas is outrageous, CPRE said today. Emma Marrington, rural policy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “We have always opposed fracking in protected areas, so it is outrageous to see…
Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:26

Walking and cycling plan welcomed

CPRE Head of Infrastructure and Legal Ralph Smyth warmly welcomed today’s publication of the Department for Transport’s Setting the First Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, saying it was the most important document published on cycling and walking by the Government so far. But he warned: “With ministers saying last week…
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:11

CPRE disappointment at fracking vote

The parliamentary vote to allow fracking under protected areas undermines Government commitments to safeguard these precious landscapes, CPRE said today. Rural policy campaigner Emma Marrington said: “CPRE is disappointed that the Government has voted to allow fracking under National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along with other protected…

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