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CPRE Rural Excellence Awards celebrate affordable housing

CPRE Rural Excellence Awards celebrate affordable housing

9 October 2018

This year CPRE Gloucestershire Rural Excellence Awards were given to a broad range of projects but there was a significant celebration of affordable housing in the County. “At a time when we are seeing wrong houses being built in the wrong places across the County, it is encouraging for us to recognise well designed, well built affordable housing in Gloucestershire,” commented Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire. “This is how it can be done. These are showcases of housing designed for our young people, young families and communities. We need to shout out about it,” continues Professor Broadfoot. 

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Our new President combines passion with action!

Our new President combines passion with action!

9 October 2018

CPRE Gloucestershire is delighted to welcome Charles Martell as our new President. As Campaign and Marketing Manager at the Branch, I was given the opportunity to catch up with Charles last month to ask him about his passions and his motivations.

In my interview with Charles, my first question, “What motivates you?” received a simple and succinct two-word answer, “Gloucester Cattle!” Charles explained, “These cattle (there were only 68 left in the world in 1972) formed the landscape around us. They were used to farm the land and work it with traditional yokes for hundreds of years”. 

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'There is a Better Way'

'There is a Better Way'

CPRE release Alternative Vision for Gloucestershire 2050

16 July 2018

 

The LEP, County Council and University of Gloucestershire have recently presented a vision, Gloucestershire 2050, and are leading a public consultation on its plans. In response to concerns about some of these proposals, CPRE Gloucestershire has recently released its own vision, ‘THERE IS A BETTER WAY’ for the County to 2050.

In its vision, ‘THERE IS A BETTER WAY’, CPRE focuses on the prosperity of the people of Gloucestershire, by increasing the value of their jobs, rather than mass in-migration to fill a hugely increased number of lower value jobs.

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Neighbourhood Plans in the spotlight - how effective are they?

Neighbourhood Plans in the spotlight - how effective are they?

11 June 2018

 

The Government sees Neighbourhood Plans as a way forward for rural communities to have a greater influence in securing the right development for their area. Over 500 plans have now been completed in England and passed at a local referendum.  But are they effective in preventing inappropriate development and in encouraging the kind of development sought by rural communities? 

This was the topic of a workshop event on 6thJune jointly hosted by CPRE Gloucestershire, the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils.

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