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Local councils struggling to meet government housing targets are caught in an impossible ‘catch 22’ under existing planning laws, warns CPRE Sussex.  

Chairman of the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, David Johnson is urging the government to reject all the Airport Commission’s recommendations for aviation expansion in the south. He says politicians should focus instead on safeguarding people’s quality of life, and protecting the irreplaceable countryside and communities which are under threat.

10 July 2014

Campaigners from the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Sussex) have today [Thursday 10 July] launched their ‘Sussex Countryside Charter’, which calls on MPs and Councillors to ensure better protection for the countryside. The Charter will be launched as part of the CPRE Sussex AGM, which takes place at Plumpton College. With increasing development pressures being forced upon our open countryside, CPRE Sussex has produced the Charter to send a strong message to local and national politicians that the countryside is vital to the health and wellbeing of people in Sussex.

3 June 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (Tuesday) raises the alarm about Government proposals that would exclude smaller scale shale oil exploration from environmental regulation. A consultation by the Government, which closed yesterday, proposes the removal of its ability and responsibility to regulate smaller scale, but potentially hazardous, onshore oil exploration under the ‘Environmental Permitting Regulations’.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:03

Media release: Gatwick Airport

Written by CPRE Sussex

17 December 2013

Gatwick included in short-list

Joint media release by CPRE Sussec and Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC)

This is no surprise. For the past year GACC has assumed that Gatwick would be included in the short-list of potential sites for a new runway.

Brendon Sewill, chairman of GACC, said: ‘Now the battle is for real. The battle lines are drawn.’

Monday 16 December 2013

Media release: Durand Academy’s plans to build new state boarding school ‘inappropriate’ in the South Downs National Park

Local campaigners, led by Campaign to Protect Rural England (Sussex) Trustee, Anne Reynolds, were successful in their bid to halt the controversial application to build a 375 pupil boarding school which was turned down at last Thursday’s South Downs National Park Authority planning committee meeting.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:58

Media release: Mid-Sussex Plan

Written by CPRE Sussex

4 December 2013

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT RURAL ENGLAND (SUSSEX) and LAMBS: MEDIA RELEASE 

ANOTHER ‘NAIL IN THE COFFIN’ FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY

Countryside campaigners are united in fury at the news that the Mid Sussex District Plan has been rejected on a technicality- leaving the door open to speculative property developers who are determined to build on green field sites.

Friday, 29 November 2013 15:46

Adur urged to U-turn on greenfield sprawl

Written by CPRE Sussex

Monday 25 November 2013

Media release: ADUR DISTRICT COUNCIL URGED TO U-TURN ON GREENFIELD SPRAWL

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Sussex, has responded to the proposed Adur District Council revised strategic plan asking the Council to look again at its proposals for major development on sensitive sites in the area, which it says will damage precious countryside and increase pressure on areas prone to flooding.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:42

Media Release: "Localism flounders in Sussex"

Written by CPRE Sussex

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT RURAL ENGLAND (SUSSEX) and LAMBS: MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 18 November 2013

LOCALISM FLOUNDERS IN SUSSEX

The Government’s much criticised Localism Act could be about to stumble at its first hurdle in Sussex.

Mid Sussex District Council faced what was described as a “Kangaroo court” as it tried to defend its District Plan at an Examination in Public last week. The Council was giving evidence on a technicality called the ‘Duty to Cooperate’ which is a new requirement under the Localism Act.

7 October 2013

MPs JOIN CPRE SUSSEX AND LOCAL CAMPAIGNERS IN CONDEMNING PLANS FOR NEW TOWN IN SUSSEX COUNTRYSIDE

PHOTOCALL MAYFIELD MARKET TOWN MEETING: Friday 18 October 7.30pm Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks

Nick Herbert MP for Arundel and South Downs and Nicholas Soames MP for Mid Sussex will speak at a meeting organised by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Sussex and Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl (LAMBS) on Friday 18 October 7.30pm.

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