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Missed the AGM? Then you missed something special…

Missed the AGM? Then you missed something special…

The busy world of CPRE Essex was brought into focus at the weekend during the county branch’s AGM. Marks Tey village hall was the setting on Saturday afternoon (October 6) as the necessary details of the previous year’s business were gone through in the professional manner we have come to expect from the group. Vice-chairman […] Read more >

Two top speakers will grace CPRE Essex’s AGM

Two top speakers will grace CPRE Essex’s AGM

Just a little reminder: the Essex branch of CPRE is holding its AGM this weekend – and there are two very special speakers to inform and entertain you after the formal business has been completed. Sam Harding, director of CPRE’s national litter programme, will be giving a talk entitled, perhaps unsurprisingly, Litter Picking Programme. Then […] Read more >

The sorry tale of one of our favourite animals… what future for the hedgehog?

The sorry tale of one of our favourite animals… what future for the hedgehog?

When was the last time you saw a hedgehog? Such a question usually draws the response, with either an air of resignation or a smirk as though the whole thing’s a bit of joke: “One that isn’t squashed on the road, you mean?” However, even that doesn’t ring true any more and we could just […] Read more >

Book soon for the CPRE Essex AGM!

Book soon for the CPRE Essex AGM!

The Essex branch of CPRE is in great shape and wants to share with members recent successes and its plans for the future. Hence you are all invited to next month’s AGM. It is being held at Marks Tey village hall on Saturday, October 6 (2.45pm for 3pm). A busy afternoon will comprise the formal […] Read more >

If you thought the Green Belt was safe, you might want to think again

If you thought the Green Belt was safe, you might want to think again

Anyone who believed Green Belt designation might mean land was safe from development would appear to be sadly misguided if CPRE analysis is anything to go by. This organisation’s figures reveal that almost half a million new homes are targeted for land to be released from the Green Belt – and very few of those […] Read more >

Government’s new planning rule book: ‘it’s a developers’ charter’

Government’s new planning rule book: ‘it’s a developers’ charter’

CPRE has slammed the government’s revised planning rulebook, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), as a “speculative developers’ charter”. In a damning early critique, the organisation says the government has not fulfilled its promise to “build attractive and better-designed homes in areas where they are needed”. Indeed, the document, published on Tuesday, July 24, continues […] Read more >

As Essex prepares for a vast increase in population, new protocol aims to streamline planning

As Essex prepares for a vast increase in population, new protocol aims to streamline planning

Essex has a new planning protocol. The document, put together by local authorities and developers in the county, is intended to create “a more efficient and effective application process”, while it should also help resource planning departments”. The development of the Essex Planning Protocol was driven by “a significant predicted growth in the Greater Essex […] Read more >

CPRE Essex: we have a new chairman

CPRE Essex: we have a new chairman

Essex has a new chairman – and he is ready and raring to go as we step up our efforts to keep the county the very special place it still is. It will not be easy. The pressures of development are arguably greater than ever before. The clamour to build houses to help fire the […] Read more >

Meet David Knight, the new man at the helm

Meet David Knight, the new man at the helm

Taking on the chairmanship of CPRE Essex is no light task, but in David Knight we believe we have just the man for the job. Of course there is no one better placed to tell you a little about himself than David, so over to the new chairman: “I have lived in Essex all my […] Read more >

We can use brownfield sites for a million homes… and save our countryside

We can use brownfield sites for a million homes… and save our countryside

It might seem obvious to many of us, but if we focus attention on building on brownfield (previously developed) land rather than greenfield sites, we will be both making better use of derelict urban and post-industrial land and safeguarding our countryside from development. However, not everyone would appear to agree and CPRE’s contention that we […] Read more >

Stansted: north Essex escapes the worst but threat of expansion still hovers

Stansted: north Essex escapes the worst but threat of expansion still hovers

The announcement in June that the government was backing a third runway at Heathrow Airport made front-page news – and campaigners against Stansted expansion were of course relieved that the Essex airport didn’t feature in a story that has something of a never-ending feel to it. Stansted had already failed to make the final round […] Read more >

What are we to make of the 25 Year Environment Plan?

What are we to make of the 25 Year Environment Plan?

The publication on earlier this year of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan met – as perhaps is the case with most things emanating from our political leaders – a mixed response. It was difficult to argue against the principles it embraced and most commentators have broadly welcomed the plan, although it has been criticised […] Read more >