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The Queen’s Speech will include a Bill giving tenants of houses owned by housing associations the ‘right to buy’ their property at a large discount. Ministers have promised that any houses sold will be replaced one for one by new affordable homes. Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at the Campaign…
The new Energy secretary, Amber Rudd, has made a statement saying that no more onshore wind farm schemes will be given the go ahead unless they have the support of local people. Nick Clack, senior energy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: “CPRE supports a strong,…
Friday, 15 May 2015 13:40

City Devolution Bill

Speaking in Manchester yesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne, promised a ‘revolution’ in the way England is governed with elected mayors presiding over far greater powers in major cities. Ralph Smyth, transport campaign manager at Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: "The proposed City Devolution Bill risks creating a two-tier…
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…

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