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CPRE Lancashire seeks an experienced planner for a new part-time role, to provide technical support and training to CPRE planning volunteers across Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, as well as directly handling some priority planning issues. This is a paid, home-based role, 2.5 days per week. Closing date: 16th August 2019.

CPRE Lancashire has developed the Brownfield Land Register Toolkit to facilitate our work with planners and members of the community to identify sites that are missing from Local Authority Brownfield Registers, with the aim of reducing pressure to develop in the countryside by highlighting previously-developed sites, which are generally in more sustainable locations.

CPRE Lancashire is recruiting for a number of new volunteer posts this month; we are seeking an events organiser, three planning volunteers, and 'eyes and ears' volunteers across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Liverpool City Region. No experience is necessary as we will provide training. We think Lancashire's countryside is a wonderful asset and we need your help to keep it that way!

CPRE Lancashire has responded to extra documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by Peel Holdings, regarding Peel's application for housing and a golf course at Hulton Park.  The Secretary of State, after calls by CPRE Lancashire and others, viewed the proposal as a significant matter for a ‘call-in’ for his own determination. 

CPRE Cheshire and Lancashire are united with local residents' groups in battling plans by St Helens Council for a road linking vast swathes of countryside and the former Parkside Colliery site. 

'Commercial confidentiality' is preventing adequate regulation of Cuadrilla’s exploration for shale gas at its Preston New Road site.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England North West Regional Group, CPRE Lancashire, CPRE Cheshire and Friends of the Peak District (herein after referred to as CPRE) responded to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Revised Draft, January 2019.  

CPRE’s response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework is still being finalised, but we broadly welcome a number of improvements in this version, such as the concentration of new development in city and town centres, the brownfield preference, a focus on and investment in integrated transport hubs, the creation of new Green Belt land and proposals to reduce the Green Belt loss originally proposed by half. Other important ambitions include proposals for a zero carbon by 2038 target, a linked policy of no shale gas exploration, and calls for air quality improvements.

CPRE Lancashire is delighted to learn that the Secretary of State has concluded that there are no material considerations which indicate that the proposal by Cuadrilla should be determined other than in accordance with the development plan. It was therefore concluded that the appeal should be dismissed, and planning permission refused.

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