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Night Blight 2016: Mapping England's Light Pollution and Dark Skies

CPRE's report looking at the findings from our interactive satellite maps of England's light pollution and dark skies. 

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Saving Tranquil Places

How to protect and promote a vital asset

Report setting out CPRE’s work to measure, and from that map, tranquillity across England: why and how we measured it and what we want policy and decision-makers to do now.

CPRE has also produced regional reports based on this research. To request a regional report, please email Graeme Willis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Securing the value of nature

The first year of the Natural Environment White Paper: is the ambition being realised?

CPRE lobbying ensured the Natural Environment White Paper included support for action on tranquillity and light pollution and recognised the role of voluntary activity in tackling litter. Our influence meant it also gave support for local community engagement in landscape planning, recognised the importance of landscape character and created Local Nature Partnerships to help communities improve their environments.

One year has now passed since The White Paper was published and this briefing by Wildlife and Countryside Link reflects the view of CPRE and 11 other leading environmental NGOs that three key concerns could prevent its ambition from being turned into real change.

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Shedding Light

A survey of local authority approaches in England

In early 2014 CPRE carried out a survey of English local authorities to find out how they approach lighting in their areas. The results presented in this report create a detailed picture of lighting issues in England, with the aid of a number of local case studies. The report also makes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy.

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Shedding light leaflet

A survey of local authority approaches in England - key findings and recommendations

In early 2014 CPRE carried out a survey of English local authorities to find out how they approach lighting in their areas. The results presented in the Shedding Light report create a detailed picture of lighting issues in England, with the aid of a number of local case studies. The report also makes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy.

This leaflet summarises the key findings and recommendations from the full report.

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Tranquillity Map: England

A map showing the range of tranquillity in England.

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Tranquillity Mapping: Developing a robust methodology for planning support

Technical Report on Research in England, January 2008 (revised)

Finding the qualities of places which generate tranquil feelings and protecting those locations and attributes is vital for a country pressured by development.

This report details the research into tranquillity mapping carried out during 2006 by Northumbria University, commissioned by CPRE. It builds on previous methodology led by individual feelings about tranquil places with a simpler quantitative consultation approach, giving a ‘national’ understanding of the concept of tranquillity.

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Unlocking the Landscape

Preparing a Community Landscape Character Statement
Unlocking the landscape is designed to put landscape character at the the heart of the local planning system. The comprehensive toolkit can help you prepare a Community Landscape Character Statement, a new process we have developed to give local communities a say in the future of their local countryside. Local knowledge and aspirations are a central part of this process, but recorded information must be compatible with the planning process. The pack includes guidance, a sample statement and a MAC/PC compatible CD-ROM.

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