The Kennett and Avon Canal at Bathampton, Bath, England (near the George pub). Photographed by Adrian Pingstone on 31st May 2006

This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Rural sustainability page for a topic overview.

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CPRE maps

CPRE maps showing that 55 per cent of England’s countryside could be at increased risk as a consequence of the Government’s reforms of the planning system: Protecting open countryside

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  • Plunkett Foundation, helps rural communities in the UK to take control of the issues affecting them through community ownership. W The Foundation's work includes:
  • Supporting the growing network of community-owned shops across the UK
  • Promoting and supporting wider forms of community-owned enterprises and co-operatives in rural communities
  • Promoting and supporting community food and farming enterprises
  • Advocacy and awareness raising with the purpose of increasing awareness of the potential of community-ownership in rural areas and making it easier for rural communities to take action

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Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system, CPRE Kent, Dec 10 [2] ...Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Environment to benefit from ‘biggest farming shake-up in 50 years’, Nov 30 [3]

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This is why more of Scotland should be owned by the people [4] Aug 22

Britain beyond lockdown: can we make more space for nature? [5] Jun 30

New UK housing 'dominated by roads' [6] "... too many highways engineers are still approving roads that do not fully account for pedestrians and cyclists." Prof Matthew Carmona, University College London. Government poll suggests 76% of people think that for the sake of the environment, everyone should reduce their driving. Jan 21 ...Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England


The future of environmental planning, Tom Kenny, Dec 10 [7]

Our Common Ground: some reflections on the RSA’s latest report, Nov 7 [8]

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This disastrous new project will change the face of Britain, yet no debate is allowed, George Monbiot, Aug 22 [9] ...Oxfordshire

If we value rural Britain, we can’t build houses all over it, Simon Jenkins, Aug 6 [10]


Farthingloe Valley saved as CPRE Kent wins battle in Supreme Court, Dec 6 [11]

How to Set Up a Community Co-op, May 17 [12] ...Towards sustainable economies UK

Green campaigners call for land ministry to halt the ‘erosion of the countryside’, Mar 5 [13]


New £3.62 million support programme announced to help communities take control of their local pub, Mar 9 [14]


From fringe to fork – food and the Green Belt, Sep 29 [15]

News sources

Latest news releases, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Buses for every community,, added 09:36, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is a registered charity with over 60,000 members and supporters. CPRE campaigns for a "sustainable future" for the English countryside. They state it is "a vital but undervalued environmental, economic and social asset to the nation." They aim to "highlight threats and promote positive solutions." They campaign using their own research to lobby the public and all levels of government. W

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