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July 2022: Summer news

19th July 2022

Summer newsletter: CPRE Sussex’s new Director, Act on new planning rules, plus more

Welcome to new CPRE Sussex Director, Brian Kilkelly

I am delighted to join the CPRE Sussex team and to be able to contribute to the important work of the charity. Since joining at the end of 2021, I have been learning about our wide-ranging work from challenging inappropriate development plans to promoting the joy of our countryside and green spaces through walks, tree planting, and talks. The scale of challenges we face here in Sussex are certainly very concerning.

CPRE Sussex has an impressive team of staff, trustees, and volunteers who are working hard to shape a greener future for Sussex. My desire is that we build a closer relationship with you, our members. We can be even more effective when we speak with one voice to decision makers and coordinate action with our many partner organisations across Sussex and nationally. I look forward to meeting you at one of the many future events and activities that you can read about in this newsletter.

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Obscure New Planning Rules Could Silence Local Communities

by Professor Dan Osborn, Chair CPRE Sussex & Dr Roger F Smith, Trustee CPRE Sussex

CPRE Sussex is keeping careful watch on the Government’s Levelling-Up & Regeneration Bill which we believe “radically centralises planning decision-making and substantially erodes public participation in the planning system”. There would be damaging consequences for Sussex if this Bill is passed. Read more

Gatwick is ‘misleading residents’ with its emergency runway rebuild propaganda

CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community group for Sussex, Surrey and Kent, says Gatwick Airport is ‘misleading residents’ by calling its emergency runway a northern runway in its latest public consultation. It says the airport’s plans to spend £500m on rebuilding an emergency runway ‘by the backdoor’ use an ‘out-of-date’ government policy and the runway is currently only used for emergencies and to taxi planes to terminals.

CAGNE says Gatwick would have to undertake major construction works to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway, causing congestion for local areas and environmental issues.

Residents are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest news at and comment on the plans at The current public consultation closes on 27 July 2022.

Brighton & Hove’s new Mayor, Lizzie Deane, has selected CPRE Sussex as one of the six Mayor’s Charities

“I am delighted that CPRE Sussex are one of my chosen charities for this year,” writes Brighton Mayor Lizzie Deane. “When selecting which charities to support, I was particularly keen to choose an environmental organisation, and CPRE was the most natural choice.” Read more 

For more items, including:

  • Plant Your Postcode
  • Forgotten Places: greening coastal towns and cities
  • Events
  • Volunteering Opportunties

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