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Ensure local parks and green spaces are given the same protection as national parks, says CPRE

Ensure local parks and green spaces are given the same protection as national parks, says CPRE

Thursday 10 February 2022

There is huge untapped potential to level up access to nature for people living in our towns and cities by giving local parks the same sorts of protection from development as national parks. A little-known yet hugely powerful rule allows local communities to ringfence their recreation grounds, community gardens, fields popular with dog-walkers and other […] Read more >

Depressing in Cressing

Depressing in Cressing

Friday 28 May 2021

Susan Simpson relates a gloomy tale from one Essex parish that shows how the lack of a Local Plan can allow opportunistic developers to call the shots Cressing parish lies south of Braintree. It has two main village areas and several hamlets that together, before 2019, had some 700 houses. It was classified in the […] Read more >

Is this house well designed?

Is this house well designed?

Thursday 11 March 2021

CPRE planner Richard Thompson asks whether a welcome policy aspiration risks becoming just another developer-led tick-box exercise Ask the public whether the above house is well designed and they are most likely to say yes, it is. Ask the same question to an architect, they are much more likely to dislike iti. So who is […] Read more >

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