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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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Baroness Young on Affordable Housing – More for rent and not all for the young

Baroness Young on Affordable Housing – More for rent and not all for the young

11 June 2018

 

Baroness Young of Old Scone, guest speaker at the recent AGM of the Gloucestershire Branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), spoke out about the urgent need for rentable rural housing. Baroness Young said, “Many young people are not able to buy houses at all. We need to provide a renting option all over the County.” Baroness Young, who is Chair of the Woodland Trust, also highlighted the need to provide affordable housing for the older generations too. “Older people, who have lived their whole lives in rural towns and villages, are also being squeezed out. Many have built up life-long friendships and support in their local community but cannot afford to stay. It all comes back to ensuring the right housing in the right places”.

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New Government Review – is the time now right for a Forest of Dean AONB and Cotswolds National Park?

New Government Review – is the time now right for a Forest of Dean AONB and Cotswolds National Park?

30 May 2018

 

CPRE Gloucestershire welcomes the Government’s announcement for a Review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). “We welcome this opportunity to improve, and expand, the network of our protected landscapes, particularly here in Gloucestershire. We have been campaigning for many years for the Forest of Dean to become an AONB. We have also recently been discussing with the Cotswolds Conservation Board the potential benefits which could come from the creation of a National Park for the Cotswolds,“ comments Professor Patricia Broadfoot, Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire.

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CPRE is concerned that A417 Missing Link proposals are not good enough for the Cotswolds AONB

CPRE is concerned that A417 Missing Link proposals are not good enough for the Cotswolds AONB

21 February 2018

 

Although CPRE welcomes the Government’s commitment to deliver a road scheme to resolve long-standing problems of congestion, road safety and air quality, the environment charity has serious concerns about present proposals.  The environmental sensitivity of the Crickley Hill area cannot be overstated.  As part of the designated Cotswolds AONB, this dramatic landscape has important nationally recognised wildlife habitats and ancient monuments. All these factors demand a road scheme designed to embrace environmental considerations at its very heart rather than as an add on.

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