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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 >

Elections prove our countryside matters to people, says Green Belt council

Elections prove our countryside matters to people, says Green Belt council

Monday 17 June 2019

The extraordinary change in the composition of Uttlesford District Council resulting from May’s local elections was charted here, but there were of course eye-catching returns from much of the South East after the polls had closed. Such was the widespread shift in allegiance that the London Green Belt Council was moved to comment: “One of […] Read more >

Green Belt under the cosh…and it’s particularly bad news for one Essex district

Green Belt under the cosh…and it’s particularly bad news for one Essex district

Monday 4 February 2019

The onslaught of development on the Metropolitan Green Belt is increasing – and an Essex district faces taking the biggest hit of all. Data collected by eight CPRE branches in and around the capital show that 56 of 66 local authorities are targeting Green Belt land for residential development. And the local authority planning the […] Read more >

How Essex councils feature in Green Belt-building table

How Essex councils feature in Green Belt-building table

Saturday 29 September 2018

Our recent story (here) showing almost half a million new homes are targeted for land to be released from the Green Belt is particularly poignant in Essex, which hosts three of the top 10 Green Belt-building councils in the country. A Local Government Chronicle article presents data from the Ministry of Communities, Housing & Local […] 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

Monday 17 September 2018

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 >

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