The biggest shake-up of planning rules for decades – make your voice heard

We’ve just heard from the CPRE, the Countryside Charity, that MPs will be debating the government’s damaging proposals to deregulate planning on the morning of Thursday 8 October.  Events are moving fasts, so we need to be quick to react to opportunities like this. This debate is the perfect chance to put ministers on the spot and show them just how serious opposition to these damaging measures are.  

Please email Julian Smith MP now with your concerns and ask him to attend the debate. He can be contacted at: His office ‘phone number is 0207 219 7145.

The government is on shaky ground with this proposed legislation, the biggest shake-up of planning for decades. Almost 40,000 people have signed the CPRE petition opposing the damaging proposals, which will  weaken democratic involvement in local planning matters by giving developers automatic planning permission for some types of work. Thousands more have emailed MPs, so don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Carbon pollution – it’s the 1% wot does it!

The richest one percent of the world’s population is responsible for more than twice as much carbon pollution as the 3.1 billion people who made up the poorest half of humanity during a critical 25-year period of unprecedented emissions growth according to research. Oxfam’s new report, Confronting Carbon Inequality, is based on evidence compiled with the Stockholm Environment Institute and is being released as world leaders prepare to meet at the UN General Assembly to discuss global challenges including the climate crisis.

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Make combating climate change the top priority

Climate Assembly UK’s final report published on 10 September sets out a clear, internally consistent and timely path for reaching the UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Climate Assembly UK’s report, The Path to Net Zero, shows how a representative sample of the population believe the UK should meet its net zero emissions commitment with detailed recommendations across ten areas including: how we travel; what we eat and how we use the land; what we buy; heat and energy use in the home; how we generate our electricity; and greenhouse gas removals. Parliament agreed in June 2019, to set in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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The US-UK trade deal – a Trojan horse for GMOs?

The UK is under immense pressure to sign up to US demands on the regulations applying to GMO (genetically modified organisms), as part of the US-UK trade deal writes Martin Brooks in the current edition of Yorkshire Bylines: One look at the USA’s commercial commitment to GMO tells you why.

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