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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…
Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:27

Response to airport decision

In response to the Government confirming its support for airport expansion, Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and Legal at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Building another runway in the south east – whatever the location, whatever the conditions – would be a disaster for the country as well as…
Yesterday the Government published a consultation proposing a raft of new changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). CPRE is very concerned by some of the most striking proposals.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:57

Autumn Statement and Spending Review - housing

CPRE reacts to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, where the Chancellor made a number of announcements on issues affecting the countryside. Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: "Although we welcome a focus on brownfield development, we’re wary of moves to develop…
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…

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