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CPRE Cheshire is pleased that Cheshire East councillors have deferred making a decision on a proposed 800-space car park on Green Belt land near Styal, which would serve Manchester Airport.

The Wirral Society, who represent CPRE on the peninsula, have long highlighted the threats to the Green Belt from high population and employment figures put forward in the Local Plan; these figures have been challenged by CPRE as recently as October 2018, using evidence from Professor David Gregg, Graham Stevens and other respondents to demonstrate that levels are much higher than necessary. Now, CPRE Planning Officer Jackie Copley has conducted research alongside the Wirral Green Space Alliance, finding that the number of brownfield sites available on the Wirral has been under-recorded; land that could potentially site 14960 dwellings currently awaits development, which could drastically reducing the pressure on sites in open countryside. 

Friday, 12 July 2019 09:08

The Mersey Forest turns 25

The concept of the Mersey Forest came about as one of twelve large-scale, long-term tree planting programmes proposed in the early 1990s, with the aim of improving the environment for the benefit of people, wildlife and the economy. The Mersey Forest, covering 500 square miles, is the largest of these Community Forest areas, covering parts of Merseyside and North Cheshire, and the woodlands planted offer a great opportunity to experience nature on your doorstep.

CPRE Cheshire responded to the Warrington Borough Council consultation on the Proposed Submission Version Local Plan. 

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. 

CPRE’s response to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework consultation has now been submitted. Read our response, which highlights a number of positive changes but also points out some remaining issues with the plan, via the link below.

The consultation on Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework closes on 18th March. CPRE has commissioned consultants to make an economic assessment of the Framework as it stands, which can now be downloaded from our website. While there are undoubtedly some very positive aspects to the revised plans, a number of issues remain.

Saturday, 02 March 2019 17:03

Portside North Fracking Inquiry

Jackie Copley, Planning Manager for CPRE Lancashire was commissioned by Frack Free Ellesmere Port and Upton, the Rule 6 Party, to represent opposition to a shale exploration application.  The proposal site is situated on Portside North in Ellesmere Port.  Although an urban location, it was considered as a matter in-directly relevant to CPRE in that should the use was allowed, the employment use would be displaced elsewhere and probably require greenfields in countryside to be allocated instead. 

The long-awaited revised draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was published in January and is open for consultation until 18th March 2019. Members who would like more information to inform their consultation response are invited attend one of a number of drop-in events taking place between Tuesday 26th February and Thursday 7th March in Stockport.

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