News & Events

Join our webinar for Devon Dark Skies Week – 29th October 2020

October 15th, 2020

We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Devon Dark Skies Week, which runs from 23-30th October 2020. There is a full programme of events and talks taking place organised by the Devon Local Nature Partnership Devon CPRE’s Ivan Buxton will be giving a presentation about the effects of light pollution from […]

The Government’s proposed new housing algorithm – October 2020

October 15th, 2020

Our analysis The Government’s proposed new housing formula or algorithm will fail to deliver the affordable new homes that rural communities in Devon so desperately need. Instead, the Government’s sweeping changes to local planning could lead to the worst of all possible worlds – the loss of more precious countryside without delivering the affordable homes […]

Devon CPRE Members’ Planning Surgery – 20th October 2020

October 10th, 2020

Have you got a planning question you’d like to ask, or planning topic you would like help with? Please join us virtually via Zoom for the second in our series of planning surgeries, on Tuesday 20th October 10.30am-12noon where our Planning Consultant, Jo Widdecombe, will be there to help. Our first planning surgery was held […]

AGM – 29th October 2020

September 30th, 2020

We have rearranged our AGM, following the postponement from April due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will now be holding a virtual meeting, by Zoom, and all members are invited to attend at 2.30pm on 29th October 2020. To attend the meeting, please email Penny Mills ( who will register your attendance and send you […]

Member’s Virtual Planning Surgery – 29th September 2020

September 28th, 2020

We are delighted to have organised our first Zoom planning surgery for our members, with our planning consultant, Jo Widdecombe. Our first surgery will be focussing on North Devon & Torridge districts. So if you have a planning related question you wish to ask or planning issue for discussion, this will be a great opportunity […]

Changes to the Planning System. September 2020

September 10th, 2020

The Government has produced two consultation documents relating to future changes to the planning system. These are ‘Changes to the current Planning System’ and a White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’. The consultations end on 1st October and 29th October 2020 respectively. We will be responding to both consultations. Devon CPRE Trustee, Phillip […]

Devon’s Biggest Solar Farm -September 2020

September 9th, 2020

There is still time to submit your objection to North Devon District Council to an application for what would be Devon’s biggest solar installation – at Litchardon Cross, Newton Tracey near Barnstaple, North Devon. The proposed solar installation would extend about a mile from north to south and about a mile from east to west, […]

Recent articles in the news – September 2020

September 9th, 2020

We’ve been busy commenting on the Government’s proposed planning reforms and their plans to Build, Build, Build. With thanks to the Western Morning News, who have published our articles. You can read some of them here –

The Government wants to build more than 3million new homes than are needed!

September 4th, 2020

Our new independent report, How Many Homes? shows the Government is planning for almost twice as many new homes as England needs over the next twenty years. The Government is planning to build 85% more new homes than England needs over the next two decades – a staggering over-provision of more than three million new-build […]

How Many Homes? Reviewing the National Housing Need for England. July 2020

August 19th, 2020

With the recent Government announcement about planning reforms and their proposals to ‘Build, Build, Build’ our new report, produced for us by Opinion Research Services, contains a wealth of information regarding actual housing need figures. It is available now to all members and couldn’t come at a better time! Members, please contact us for your […]