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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.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:27

St Helens Local Plan: CPRE's response

CPRE Lancashire hopes that the St Helens Local Plan will progress towards adoption without delay, as in our experience, greenfield land in the countryside, particularly Green Belt, is more vulnerable to development without the protection of an up to date, and adopted local plan, steering development to the most sustainable locations. However, we do have a number of comments, and encourage our members to read CPRE’s response to inform their own if not already submitted.

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