Out now! Autumn issue of CPRE’s Surrey Voice!

Out now! Autumn issue of CPRE’s Surrey Voice!

The Autumn 2018 edition of SURREY VOICE, the magazine of the Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, is out now, with all the latest news and commentary on the fight to save Surrey’s countryside.

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CPRE welcomes decision on Leith Hill oil drilling

CPRE welcomes decision on Leith Hill oil drilling
The Surrey Branch of CPRE has welcomed Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s decision not to renew the licence for Europa Oil & Gas to drill for oil on Leith Hill in the heart of the Surrey Hills AONB. The decision to block oil drilling at the site was made to protect Leith Hill’s precious ancient woodland. CPRE Surrey Director Andy Smith said: “We welcome Michael Gove’s decision and hope this not only stops Europa from ravaging Leith Hill but also leads to the termination of all oil exploration in the Surrey Hills and the Weald. It is disgraceful that Europa ever had...
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Campaigners welcome High Court decision on Waverley Local Plan

Campaigners welcome High Court decision on Waverley Local Plan

CPRE Surrey has welcomed the High Court decision to proceed with a judicial review of the Waverley Local Plan. CPRE Surrey and the Protect-Our-Waverley campaign group both challenged Waverley Borough Council’s decision to adopt a Local Plan with inflated housing figures imposed on it by Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore, supposedly to meet “unmet housing need” from Woking Borough Council. The additional 1,500 new houses would mostly have to be built in “protected” countryside.

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Summer issue of Surrey Voice out now!

Summer issue of Surrey Voice out now!

The Summer 2018 issue of Surrey Voice, the CPRE Surrey members’ magazine, is out now – with all the latest news and views about CPRE’s work to defend Surrey’s countryside and Green Belt. 

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Appeal Court victory for Mole Valley woodland campaigners

Appeal Court victory for Mole Valley woodland campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled against NHS Property Services trying to prevent a cherished area of greenspace in Leatherhead – Leach Grove Wood – being given statutory protection from development. Local resident Flip Cargill and the Leatherhead Residents Association, supported by the Surrey Branch of CPRE, applied several years ago to register the common land close to Leatherhead Hospital as a ‘village green’ under the Commons Act 2006. Surrey County Council (SCC) agreed to register it, giving Leach Grove Wood protection under the law.

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