Abbotsley Solar Farm

In late January we objected to a planning application for a solar farm at Abbotsley, near St Neots. 

Our main concern was the loss of “Best and Most Versatile” (BMV) agricultural land - at least 81 % of the site is Grade 3a and above. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guides development away from "best and most versatile' agricultural land – Local Planning Authorities are advised…

CPRE gives evidence to determine future of transport

National CPRE gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee on 31 January, giving a much-needed voice to countryside communities. The session is part of the ongoing consultation on the government’s approach to transport in the future. It includes issues such as decarbonisation, public transport access, and how to encourage active travel. To read more, including CPRE’s submission…

Haddon Solar Farm – no and no again

Buckland Ripers Solar Farm by Odd Wellies

Buckland Ripers Solar Farm by Odd Wellies

We’ve reported in the past on the application for a solar energy farm at Haddon, Huntingdonshire (

Rooftop Renewables: Government consultation offers hope of rooftop solar on new buildings

Roof with solar panels - Leo Reynold

"Roof with solar panels" by Leo Reynold

A recent survey of CPRE supporters found that 97% believe that rooftop solar panels should be a standard requirement for all new buildings and car parks (…

National Audit Office questions value of East West Rail project

Bedford Station by M J Richardson

Bedford Station by M J Richardson

Last October, we released a joint statement with Cambridge Approaches and Stop the Arc Group (STARC) outlining our concerns…