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Muck on country roads caused by vehicles carrying liquid digestate to ADs  (photo: Devon CPRE)

Massive lagoon and expansion of industrial anaerobic digesters has to stop

Devon CPRE believes the expansion of anaerobic digesters (ADs) has to be curtailed to protect rural communities and the countryside, as fourteen villages and hamlets join forces to protest against development plans for an industrial-scale lagoon near Upton Pyne. This facility will act as a massive storage and distribution centre west of Exeter for liquid digestate, a by-product of ADs....

Rows of solar panels in a field

Decision on controversial plans for Devon’s largest solar farm delayed pending site visit

A special meeting of Mid Devon’s Planning Committee was held remotely on the 31st March to consider a proposal to construct a massive solar farm with battery storage near the village of Langford.

About fifty members of the public, who object to plans for the biggest solar farm in Devon, attended the meeting to hear a report by the council’s Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration...

A bank of solar panels against the sky

An industrialised solar farm landscape looms near Holsworthy in northwest Devon

Proposals for the latest and largest solar farm in Devon, adjacent to an existing one, would transform the pastoral scenery between Holsworthy and Bude into an ugly landscape of solar panels and security fencing stretching across 28 fields.

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE says the rural vistas people have come to cherish more than ever during the pandemic will be...

New homes in the East Devon town of Cranbrook

Devon is building a third more houses than it has to according to government figures, says countryside charity

Devon’s Local Planning Authorities - with the exception of Torbay - have over-delivered on housing for the last five years, according to the government’s own figures.

Devon CPRE’s analysis of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test shows the county as a whole has delivered 30% more new homes than it was required to over a five-year period, in effect building 6,332 more houses than it had to....