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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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Autumn issue of Surrey Voice out now!

Autumn issue of Surrey Voice out now!

The Autumn 2017 issue of CPRE’s magazine Surrey Voice is out now, with news, views and comment from across Surrey. Copies can be obtained from our Leatherhead office and a pdf version can be downloaded here: 

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Threats to Surrey countryside are highlighted at campaign meeting

Surrey’s countryside is under threat from new waves of housebuilding, airport expansion and mineral extraction – despite the Government’s assurances about safeguarding the Green Belt. This was the message for members of CPRE Surrey at their annual meeting on 27 April held at the Abraham Dixon Hall in Leatherhead. Speakers at the meeting highlighted the dangers to the Surrey countryside from growing development pressures and from the Government’s policy of promoting economic growth even at the expense of the environment. Members from all over the county attended the meeting...
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OUTCRY OVER MINERALS PLAN

OUTCRY OVER MINERALS PLAN

New threats to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Green Belt have led to growing local opposition to the Surrey Minerals Plan.

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More consultation on minerals

More consultation on minerals
The South East Regional Assembly has recently consulted on modifications to its Minerals Strategy REGION: South East England Regional Assembly has recently consulted on modifications to its Minerals Core Strategy. At present the amount of sand and gravel the Government requires the South East to provide is divided amongst the counties on the basis of past sales. It is recognised by all parties that this is a crude and unsatisfactory method. Consequently, six alternative approaches have been developed, three of which the Assembly has selected for consultation. These are based on “demand” (looking at...
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