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New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that suitable brownfield sites across England can provide at least 1.1 million new homes.

17 April 2015

Call for step change in energy efficiency to avoid disastrous impacts on countryside

CPRE report shows we need to massively reduce energy requirements and generate low carbon energy to tackle impacts of climate change and reduce bills

A new report published today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that England needs a huge investment in energy efficiency if we are to even approach our 2050 carbon reduction target and avoid inflicting widespread damage on the countryside.

Friday, 13 February 2015 15:52

Soil: not a four letter word

By Graeme Willis

We talk of ‘soiled’ sheets, of night ‘soil’. Graeme Willis blogThe American version isn’t much better. They call it ‘dirt’ which recalls grime and smut. It might be one reason why we consistently fail to appreciate how precious and extraordinary soil is. As a consequence, we give poor protection to this fundamental natural asset.

A new research paper from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that steep targets for the amount of land councils must allocate for housing are opening the door to major housing developments in the countryside.

March 24 2014

The Government’s planning reforms are unnecessarily damaging the countryside and undermining local democracy while failing to prioritise the regeneration of urban areas, concludes a new report launched by CPRE.

Community Control or Countryside Chaos? analyses the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the countryside in the two years since it was adopted.  The research has found that the reforms are forcing local councils to accept major developments against their will in all parts of the country from Devon to Derbyshire and Suffolk to Staffordshire. 

‘Precisely at the moment when we should be defending the countryside, and making it more accessible because it gives us all what we need more freely than anything else under the sun – we are at grave risk of losing it.’ CPRE President Sir Andrew Motion

As the evidence mounts that Government planning reforms are not working the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (Monday) launches a three point charter to save our countryside. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was intended to simplify planning and get houses built. The reforms have not delivered the housing people need and are instead causing harm to communities and landscapes.

CPRE believes that unsustainable and increasing pressure is being placed on the countryside, and sensible planning is undermined by short-sighted pursuit of economic growth at any cost.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 10:08

Membership form

CPRE membership forms for individuals, parish councils and organisations.

The most effective way for you to help protect the countryside is to become a member of CPRE. We’re delighted that you want to join us. We all need the countryside – whether it’s for fresh air, delicious local produce, beautiful landscapes, or vibrant towns and villages – the countryside is invaluable. By joining CPRE, you are helping to ensure that a beautiful living countryside thrives for generations to come.

Friday, 07 October 2011 15:12


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Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Sussex Review: Summer 2012

The summer edition of the Sussex Review, published by CPRE Sussex.

We report back on the impact of a large agribusiness application on the Manhood Peninsula, and feature a personal view of the wind turbine debate that centres on the Rampion development off the Sussex coast.

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