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Inspector approves development of Sandon Brook solar farm

Inspector approves development of Sandon Brook solar farm

Friday 16 February 2024

A planning inspector has overruled Chelmsford City Council and decided the Sandon Brook solar farm can be built despite harming the Green Belt. The council had refused permission for the 242-acre development over three sites either side of the A130 and Canons Barn Road near West Hanningfield, but inspector Ben Plenty said its environmental benefits […] Read more >

Business park at M25 junction recommended for approval

Business park at M25 junction recommended for approval

Monday 11 December 2023

Land removed from the Green Belt is likely to be used for the development of four large warehouses. Brentwood Enterprise Park is being targeted for a site next to junction 29 of the M25 – some of the site had been in the Green Belt before the Brentwood Local Plan removed most of it and […] Read more >

Green Belt is indispensable solution to climate, nature and food security

Green Belt is indispensable solution to climate, nature and food security

Thursday 24 August 2023

The Green Belt is being overlooked as a pivotal solution to climate change, the decline of nature and food security vulnerabilities, a new report from CPRE, the countryside charity, shows. The report argues that the Green Belt, which protects 12.5 per cent of England’s land area from development, should become greener, wetter and more biodiverse. […] Read more >

Essex feels the pressure of growing Green Belt development plans

Essex feels the pressure of growing Green Belt development plans

Friday 26 August 2022

The London Green Belt is under siege from development proposals – and Essex is one of the worst-affected counties. Research by the London Green Belt Council demonstrates the extent of the threat to the countryside in and around the capital, with local authorities planning to allow building on more than 48,000 acres of Green Belt […] Read more >

Green Belt: the countryside next door to 30 million people needs investment to level up access to nature, says CPRE

Green Belt: the countryside next door to 30 million people needs investment to level up access to nature, says CPRE

Friday 27 May 2022

The Green Belt is missing out on government funding for the restoration of nature and cultural heritage despite it being the countryside next door to 30 million people – or more than half of England’s population. Valued spaces such as the parkland setting of Bentley Priory – the headquarters of the RAF during the Battle […] Read more >

Uttlesford council blocks plan for solar farm

Uttlesford council blocks plan for solar farm

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Uttlesford District Council has refused permission for a solar farm that would have crossed into another local authority area. The scheme, proposed by Endurance Energy, would have covered 115 hectares near Bishop’s Stortford in a development called Wickham Hall Solar Farm straddling Uttlesford and East Herts district councils. However, on Wednesday, April 13, Uttlesford District […] Read more >

Campaigns… and how (hopefully) to win them

Campaigns… and how (hopefully) to win them

Monday 21 June 2021

It is all too familiar a scenario: a local authority proposing to build thousands of houses in areas wholly unsuitable for such levels of development. When one council in north Kent targeted sites in the Green Belt, an impressive operation to challenge the potential environmental destruction was launched. Here, Alex Hills, chairman of CPRE Kent’s […] Read more >

Pressure on the Green Belt has quadrupled since 2013

Pressure on the Green Belt has quadrupled since 2013

Thursday 25 February 2021

Despite a surge in demand for time in green space, the Green Belt – the countryside next door for 30 million people – is facing extreme and sustained pressure, according to new research from CPRE, the countryside charity. The State of Greenbelt 2021 report reveals there are 0.25 million (257,944) homes proposed to be built […] Read more >

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

The Green Belt: its value is obvious but it needs protecting more than ever, says new report

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Lying next to London, Essex is of course well served by the capital’s Green Belt. A report by a cross-party Parliamentary group shows that London’s Metropolitan Green Belt not only protects against urban sprawl but also provides vital countryside on our doorstep for health and well-being. Benefits include: • 26, 267 hectares of Sites of […] Read more >

New homes in Green Belt approved thanks to ‘very special circumstances’

New homes in Green Belt approved thanks to ‘very special circumstances’

Wednesday 7 August 2019

“Very special circumstances” were cited as a planning inspector granted permission on appeal for almost 40 homes in the Green Belt. Epping Forest District Council had in June last year refused the plans at Stoneshot Farm near Nazeing, but inspector Helen Hockenhull has now overturned that decision. She granted consent to Haycross and Hogg Construction […] Read more >