Opposition to development halves if new homes are affordable, poll finds

New polling by YouGov commissioned by CPRE has revealed that people are half as likely to oppose new housing in their local area if the homes were affordable to people on average local incomes.

Whereas 41% said they did not want to see the construction of more homes close to where they live, that proportion fell to 20% if those homes were locally affordable.  Read more at

BT’s move to digital voice technology and the effect on rural dwellers – an update

Vintage landline telephone

In September 2023 we outlined our concerns regarding the move by BT and other providers to replace the old copper wire telephone system with digital voice technology (also known as Voice over Internet Protocol – VoIP). We’re revisiting this subject as we’ve become aware of other…

East West Rail

Bedford Station by M J Richardson

This month East West Rail will be holding a series of drop-in events, where you can find out more information about how the statutory consultation process works ahead of the first stage being launched in June.

We would encourage people to attend an event and…

Countryside leads the way on rooftop solar but England’s full potential overlooked

Roof with solar panels - Leo Reynold

Roof with solar panels - Leo Reynold

New CPRE analysis reveals that homes in the countryside are leading the way on solar power generation. 48 of the 50 English parliamentary constituencies with the highest domestic solar generation…

Ramsey Rural Museum joins CPRE’s Members’ Guide

We are pleased to report that Ramsey Rural Museum has joined CPRE’S Members’ Guide, which gives CPRE members discounted entry to almost 100 attractions, gardens, houses and museums. Ramsey Rural Museum is an independent museum set in a peaceful rural location on the edge of the market town of Ramsey in Cambridgeshire – see more at …