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CPRE East of England


Robin Burkitt Alison Greenwood Straw bales in Norfolk




(This situation has a direct impact in the East of England as a number of applications from the region are likely to be made in the near future. On 5 August, the IPC received the formal application for development consent from Covanta in relation to the proposed “energy from waste” plant at Rookery South in Bedfordshire.)

What does the Government intend to put in place?

Besides a commitment to ‘localism’ and an apparent loathing for all things regional, it is too early to say with confidence how exactly the Government intend to reshape the planning system. The following are contenders that may feature in the Decentralisation and Localism Bill – anticipated in Parliament in November 2010 

While we do not shed a tear for the end of top-down housing targets, we are concerned at the speed and uncertainty of these reforms.

For example, incentives cannot be used to persuade Local Authorities to build on green belt or increased rights of appeal utilised by developers to push through destructive development proposals. The environment cannot be ignored and we are concerned that stakeholders will not be allowed the chance to scrutinise works of LEPs. 

We urge all who care about our threatened landscape to remind our MPs not to forget our countryside in the ongoing changes.

19 August 2010

*The Campaign to Protect Rural England exists to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.

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