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Measures to promote the better use of urban land, particularly high quality high density development, while committing to continued Green Belt protection, mean CPRE gives a cautious welcome to today’s Budget.

A report out today names a mass housing development in Sussex as the largest in the country to be approved in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

CPRE Sussex has been actively involved at all stages of the development of a new minerals plan for West Sussex being that is in the course of preparation as a joint exercise between West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).  Our participation has been important because of the extent to which mineral reserves within the county underlie specially designated areas of our countryside, including the South Downs National Park and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The new strategic plan will run from 2018 - 2033, and will identify sites that are being used or that need protecting from alternative development fora range of hard minerals.  It will also identify the planning criteria that will determine the authorities' approach to applications to explore for and exploit subterranean oil and gas deposits within the Plan area.

CPRE Sussex is making a formal objection to the ‘mathematical trickery’ behind a new government paper which argues that the majority of new house building should be concentrated in the South-East of England.

Last week (16 Oct 2017) nine national transport and conservation organisations including CPRE, with a combined supporter base of over three million, wrote a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, about the devastating impact of the A27 Arundel bypass proposals.

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