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The Government previously committed to limiting fracking in protected areas. In advance of new legislation defining these limits, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and other conservation organisations wrote to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to exclude fracking from the most sensitive parts of our…
The Government is today announcing plans to increase housebuilding as part of a productivity drive.   Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), reflects on the announcements: On Government intention to intervene when local plans are not coming forward   “With so few councils…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:54

Budget 2015 – Land Commission

Following measures announced in the Budget statement today Matt Thomson, head of planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “CPRE welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement in the Budget that a Land Commission will be set up in Greater Manchester, which CPRE called for after the Government announced the creation…
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 12:39

Budget 2015 – transport

Following measures announced in the Budget statement today Matt Thomson, head of planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “We welcome the announcements on putting Transport for the North on a statutory footing, including integrated ticketing and £30m investment, with the indication that Government will support similar…
Lancashire County Council has decided to refuse Cuadrilla’s second application to frack in the county. The council’s refusal of the proposal at the Little Plumpton site, Preston New Road, between Blackpool and Preston on the grounds of "unacceptable noise impact" and the "adverse urbanising effect on the landscape" follows its…
Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:39

Roseacre fracking refusal reaction

CPRE reaction on Lancashire County Council's decision today to refuse Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Roseacre Wood on the basis of its impact on traffic. Jackie Copley, planning manager for CPRE Lancashire, comments: "We are relieved that consent has not been given to Cuadrilla to develop shale gas operations at…
CPRE director of policy and campaigns Neil Sinden reflects on the Government’s announcement to introduce new planning guidance on onshore wind development and empower local communities in the decision making process. The announcement accompanied the decision to withdraw subsidies from wind farm projects in April 2016. “While onshore wind can…
A report, So much more than the view…, is published today by CPRE’s long term comrade’s National Parks England and the National Association for AONBs. It highlights the wide range of benefits these iconic areas provide to society including to the economy and people’s health and wellbeing. Emma Marrington, CPRE Senior…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:38

Energy Bill in Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech contained an Energy Bill, which will include provisions to transfer existing consenting powers for large onshore windfarm applications (above 50 megawatts) to local planning authorities. The Bill will also contain measures to increase energy security focused on offshore oil and gas. Nick Clack, senior energy campaigner at…

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