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Government recently announced the details of the new Community Housing Fund – an annual sum of £60million to aid communities that are particularly affected by high levels of second home ownership [1]. The fund aims to empower community groups to drive forward the development of affordable housing aimed at first…
A new report from the Environmental Audit Committee warns that wildlife and farming could be harmed by the Brexit process. MPs are calling on the Government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act during Article 50 negotiations to uphold the UK's strong environmental standards. The report suggests protections for wildlife…
The Government has today announced plans to create 14 new garden villages in England, of between 1,500 to 10,000 houses. It has also announced support for three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston. These garden towns and villages will be distinct new settlemtents, rather than extensions…
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid yesterday lifted the Government holding direction on the Birmingham local plan. The plan, which proposes the release of Green Belt land for 6,000 houses, had been placed under a holding direction by Mr Javid's predecessor, Greg Clark, after concerns were…

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  • quotesummary CPRE reacts to decision that allows significant release of Green Belt
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:30

Housing in the Autumn Statement: CPRE's reaction

Current, undeliverable housing targets are based on the idea that demand equals need, but they are very different things.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:42

Next phase of HS2 gets go ahead: CPRE reaction

The Government has today revealed its long awaited decision to proceed with phase 2b of HS2, which would connect Manchester and Leeds with the Midlands. The consultation document says there is currently no funding for junctions to link HS2 better with the existing rail network. Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and…
The Government has today announced that it supports the construction of a new runway at Heathrow Airport.  Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and Legal at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, comments: “Building a third runway at Heathrow would in itself take a huge chunk out of the Green Belt.…
This week the National Farmers' Union (NFU) released a statement on its vision for the future of UK farming post-Brexit.  Belinda Gordon, head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) commented: “CPRE welcomes the statement from the NFU, following the consultation with their members, that…
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP has asked for Bradford Council to suspend the adoption of its Core Strategy on the grounds of the proposed Green Belt releases. The minister has issued a holding direction that requires the council to provide further evidence that the plan does not needlessly eat into…

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