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Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid yesterday lifted the Government holding direction on the Birmingham local plan. The plan, which proposes the release of Green Belt land for 6,000 houses, had been placed under a holding direction by Mr Javid's predecessor, Greg Clark, after concerns were…

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  • quotesummary CPRE reacts to decision that allows significant release of Green Belt
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:30

Housing in the Autumn Statement: CPRE's reaction

Current, undeliverable housing targets are based on the idea that demand equals need, but they are very different things.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:42

Next phase of HS2 gets go ahead: CPRE reaction

The Government has today revealed its long awaited decision to proceed with phase 2b of HS2, which would connect Manchester and Leeds with the Midlands. The consultation document says there is currently no funding for junctions to link HS2 better with the existing rail network. Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and…
The Government has today announced that it supports the construction of a new runway at Heathrow Airport.  Ralph Smyth, Head of Infrastructure and Legal at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, comments: “Building a third runway at Heathrow would in itself take a huge chunk out of the Green Belt.…
This week the National Farmers' Union (NFU) released a statement on its vision for the future of UK farming post-Brexit.  Belinda Gordon, head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) commented: “CPRE welcomes the statement from the NFU, following the consultation with their members, that…
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP has asked for Bradford Council to suspend the adoption of its Core Strategy on the grounds of the proposed Green Belt releases. The minister has issued a holding direction that requires the council to provide further evidence that the plan does not needlessly eat into…
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has today allowed an appeal from company Cuadrilla that will see fracking go ahead at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire.  Mr Javid also deferred an appeal to reverse a council decision against fracking at a nearby site at Roseacre Wood. This allows Cuadrilla and…
Monday, 03 October 2016 16:05

House-building focus: CPRE response

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid announced three key initiatives to the Conservative Party conference today (3 October): £3billion homebuilders’ fund to get at least 225,000 homes delivered, with a focus on increasing delivery by SMEs and custom/self-builders. Pilot scheme for accelerated construction on public land…
Friday, 09 September 2016 13:06

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: CPRE's response

This week the government published the first draft of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, putting in place proposals to meet their commitment as set out in the Queen’s Speech in May to “further strengthen neighbourhood planning and give even more power to local people … by making the local government duty…

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