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This section includes our current press releases and our newsletters and annual reviews.

1 February 2019

CPRE is inviting everyone to take part in Star Count 2019 to help map our magical dark skies. The nationwide Star Count, which is also supported by the British Astronomical Association, goes live tomorrow, and will be running for the first three weeks of February (Saturday 2 February – Saturday 23 February)

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. 

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.

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