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Guildford Council ‘failing in its duty to defend the Green Belt’

Guildford Council ‘failing in its duty to defend the Green Belt’

CPRE Surrey Branch opposes Guildford Borough Council’s plans for large-scale housing development in the countryside around Guildford and has expressed its dismay at the council’s proposals for “inappropriate urban extensions, large housing estates and widespread ‘insetting’ in Green Belt villages”. In its response to the consultation on GBC’s revised draft Local Plan, CPRE Surrey criticizes the council for its failure to give proper consideration to “the widespread and serious constraints on development within the borough” and says that councillors should be doing more to “protect and enhance the Green Belt” rather than undermining it.

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Have your say on Mole Valley Local Plan

Have your say on Mole Valley Local Plan

Mole Valley District Council is consulting on its draft Local Plan and is holding a series of public meetings and exhibitions around the district. CPRE is urging residents to take part by completing the Future Mole Valley online survey, and hopes that public opinion will steer the Council towards options that focus on regeneration of urban and brownfield sites rather than allowing housebuilding and other development to sprawl out into the countryside, the Green Belt and AONB.

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General Election 2017: CPRE calls on candidates to endorse its Manifesto for Surrey

General Election 2017: CPRE calls on candidates to endorse its Manifesto for Surrey

The Surrey Branch of CPRE has issued a “Manifesto for Surrey” setting out policies to protect our countryside and Green Belt. Candidates of all political parties in the General Election are being encouraged to endorse the Manifesto and agree to incorporate its policies in their election addresses. Here are the CPRE Surrey policies:
● Protect the Green Belt and other countryside and green spaces in Surrey from inappropriate development…

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Local campaign group welcomes Housing White Paper

Local campaign group welcomes Housing White Paper

The Surrey Branch of CPRE has welcomed the Government’s Housing White Paper, in particular its focus on addressing market failure in the housebuilding industry. Andy Smith, CPRE Surrey Branch Director, said: “The White Paper sets out policies that aim to give England the right houses in the right places, rather than just more urban sprawl into the countryside which is what the developers have been agitating for. It is a great relief that instead of giving in to the developers and opening up the Green Belt for development, which we had feared, the Government have opted to defend the planning system and push for more urban regeneration and brownfield development instead.

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2,600 houses at Dunsfold: CPRE writes to Communities Secretary

2,600 houses at Dunsfold:  CPRE writes to Communities Secretary

CPRE has written to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to call-in the application to build 2600 houses at Dunsfold.
Full text of CPRE’s letter follows…

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