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CPRE East of England


Robin Burkitt Alison Greenwood Straw bales in Norfolk




The East of England Plan (covering the six counties of East Anglia) is being reviewed to provide a regional strategy to 2031.  It is an extremely important document and will have a major impact on the east of England on issues ranging from housing to transport and from water to waste. CPRE have been involved from the start to try to ensure that the landscape and environment is protected and that development is carried out in as sensitive a manner as possible.


In late 2009 the initial consultation phase of the review was completed in which views were sought, particularly on four ‘growth scenarios’ for housing numbers in the east of England. Each scenario proposed huge increases in housing numbers for the region. For instance even the lowest scenario proposed housing growth in the region at least equivalent to a town the size of Billericay each and every year to 2031.

CPRE in the East of England submitted a detailed response to this consultation. We stressed the colossal housing numbers proposed and the inevitable damage this would do to the landscape, environment and quality of life of the residents.

Draft Revision

Following the consultation, the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) revised the draft Plan. Crucially, far from increasing the housing numbers in the existing plan along the lines of the proposed four scenarios, the draft actually slightly decreased the proposed new housing for the region from 508,000 to just over 500,000 new homes in the region between 2011 and 2031.

Next steps

The revised draft East of England Plan was ratified by EERA on 12 March 2010 and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval and possible amendment. It is intended that this will then be returned to the Regional Strategy Board (which has taken over this role from EERA which has now been wound up) for further consideration and examination in public.

Given the election on 6 May 2010 it is very possible that the next steps may change significantly – not least because both Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have made clear their opposition to regional plans.>


*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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