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The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

With the prospect of the Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent threatening swathes of countryside on both sides of the river, Alex Hills, chairman of Gravesham CPRE, offers his view on government roads policy while also asking if we’re all doing our bit to tackle air pollution By continuing to build poorly planned new […] Read more >

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

This is the second blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    In 1955, Ian Nairn famously coined the phrase ‘subtopia’, a term referring to the suburban monotonisation of English landscapes. Architectural critic […] Read more >

How green is our Brexit?

How green is our Brexit?

So what’s the future for our natural heritage once this country has departed the EU? CPRE environment expert Graham Warren considers the options… The natural environment barely got a mention in the pre-Brexit referendum barrage of half-truths and ‘alternative facts’ and would, even now, struggle to make the top 10 of the government’s shopping list. […] Read more >

Development disparity

Development disparity

Those of you at this month’s AGM would have heard a short talk entitled Towards a New Rural in which Ben Nourse confronted the issue of the huge numbers of new homes being foisted on Essex by central government. Ben is a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a […] Read more >