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Monday, 16 July 2018 15:18

'There is a Better Way'

Written by Lucy Blyth

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.

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.

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”.

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.

17 May 2018

 

As a result of previous successful workshops, CPRE Gloucestershire is co-hosting another Neighbourhood Plan Workshop on 6thJune  at Gambier Parry Rooms, Highnam Community Centre. The workshop will run with two sessions. The first session will focus on the questions many of us are asking about Neighbourhood Plans. These are: “Are ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans making a difference: are they being used and influencing development management decisions and appeal outcomes?  Are they influencing local plan work?” Jeff Bishop who is leading the work from Place Studio will present initial findings of research.  

 

27 March 2018

This is a critically important role that brings together all aspects of the work that CPRE Gloucestershire does. It provides an excellent, part-time opportunity to work with an enthusiastic charity team, dedicated to the protection of the rural environment in Gloucestershire.  The post holder will need good communication skills and to be able to work under their own initiative. 

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