CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Campaigns

We campaign for positive solutions to protect, enhance and ensure the long-term future of our precious Cambridgeshire and Peterborough countryside.

Here are the most recent posts for each key area.


Countryside

We value our countryside for its beauty, diversity and tranquillity. We want a countryside that is used and valued by everyone, and where people are in tune with the environment and aware of their impact on it.

Hate light pollution obscuring beautiful starry skies? So do bats

CPRE campaigns to reduce light pollution so we can enjoy stunning starry skies - but imagine how bats feel about too much artificial light.


Results of our 2020 Star Count are in - see the interactive maps!

The results of CPRE's February 2020 ‘citizen scientists’ star count are in! Over 2,500 people recorded more than 27,000 stars within the Orion constellation over the course of a week.


Legislation

We campaign for evidence-based, transparent and sound legislation, laws and planning processes that support and protect our countryside and environment.

It’s official: the government is U-turning on planning system changes

In a seismic success for CPRE, the countryside charity and planning campaigners across the country, it’s now confirmed: the voices of local people will remain central to the planning system.

We’ve campaigned about the damaging proposals that the government had put forward to change the planning system since they were announced, warning that the changes would cut out the voices of local people…


Proposed incinerator at Waterbeach goes to appeal

The fight continues over a possible 80-metre high chimney stack at a fen-edge village and its effect on the local community, environment, heritage assets and landscape.


Housing and Planning

Good land-use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection. Good planning can help slow the growth in road traffic, encourage urban regeneration, curb urban sprawl, protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats.

CPRE's Latest Policy on Green Belts download

CPRE was responsible for the creation of Green Belts in 1938 and it remains a campaign priority to support them.


Need help with planning?

Planning decisions affect us all, yet we often have very little input. We want planning to be fairer, engage communities and protect the countryside as well as regenerate our towns and villages.


Transport

How we travel and plan transport impacts on the environment and our quality of life. We need to plan our transport so that new housing, jobs, shops and services are close to public transport or within easy walking or cycling distance.

It can't be business as usual for road building post-lockdown

CPRE’s Chairman Crispin Truman OBE writes that “as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, we need a dramatic rethink on transport policy and visionary leadership on when and where other benefits to society outweigh the need to provide space for the private car.”


Ox-Cam Expressway scrapped: but the Devil is in the detail

Ox-Cam Expressway CANCELLED, or is it?


Energy and Climate Change

Our goal is to avoid the damage to the countryside by encouraging a reduction in overall consumption and being more efficient with what we use.

Sunnica Solar Energy Farm

In March, CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough objected to Sunnica Ltd’s proposal to site a solar energy farm straddling East Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk (read our objection here).  This will have a particular impact on the villages of Kennett, Chippenham, Snailwell, Fordham and Burwell.  Broadly,…


The Problem with solar farms: factors that should be considered in determining applications

We are offering, for information, a booklet prepared by CPRE Hertfordshire and CPRE Essex with the support of other organisations, outlining some of the issues associated with solar farms.

Download the PDF here


Planning to fail: CPRE finds government failing to map route to net zero

Planning to fail: CPRE finds government failing to map route to net zero. Read more here


CPRE responds to the new ‘tentative’ government net-zero carbon strategy

A tractor drives through flood waters in Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire Jon Whitton via Flickr (CC BY NC-ND 2.0)

A tractor drives through flood waters in Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire