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Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:15

Too much right to buy?

The Conservative manifesto committed the new Government to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants. Luke Burroughs, CPRE policy and research adviser, explains why he's worried about this extension of the scheme. "As a housing researcher, I am concerned about the potential impacts of the extension of the…
MP Greg Clark has been announced as the replacement for Eric Pickles as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). As Mr Clark has advocated cycling in the past, with a campaign to increase cycling levels in his Tunbridge Wells constituency in 2013, CPRE recognises his appointment as…
It has been reported that a farmer in Sussex has rebuffed an offer for his land 100 times its current value – partly based on a desire to protect the countryside for future generations. CPRE welcomes such commitment to the countryside, but also argues that this case once again illustrates…
Friday, 24 April 2015 11:54

A better future for green spaces?

The Fabian Society recently launched a report Places to be: Green spaces for active citizenship which highlighted the important role of green space in all of our lives. It also set out what government action is needed to ensure the long term future of these places – be it a…
CPRE’s Targeting the countryside report shows that when you look at major housing development, particularly on greenfield sites, 72 per cent of local decisions are overturned at appeal where the council cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing land. It also shows that even where a council can demonstrate…
Monday, 23 March 2015 13:01

HS2 design vision launched

HS2 has today launched its design vision, a framework document to guide the work of its engineering, architectural and design teams in developing the new high-speed rail system. “The design framework and panel, first committed to by the Secretary of State for Transport when he gave CPRE’s annual lecture in…
Saturday, 14 March 2015 11:51

Litter and fly-tipping report released

The Communities and Local Government select committee on litter and fly-tipping published its report today (14 March 2015). Neil Sinden, director of policy and campaigns at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “We need to move quickly on these welcome recommendations. A national litter strategy would focus energy…

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