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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…
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…

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