Devon CPRE

Two of the many Pyworthy residents fighting yet another solar farm (Photo: Devon CPRE)

Devon CPRE launches Crowdfunder campaign to fight the solar farm giants wrecking Devon’s world-beating farmland

In a call to arms on behalf of the environment, a small, independent Devon-based charity is taking on the might of international solar farm developers - by legally challenging Torridge District Council’s decision to allow an industrial-scale solar array to be built on 28 fields at Pyworthy in northwest Devon. Devon CPRE is fighting its biggest battle yet to save prime farmland that’s vital for...

St Andrew’s in Ashburton named CPRE Devon’s Best Churchyard 2021

Devon’s Moorland Team Ministry is celebrating its success after St Andrew’s in Ashburton (Teignbridge) was named the winner of this year’s Devon CPRE ‘Best Churchyard’ award.

St Peter’s Burial Ground in Budleigh Salterton (East Devon) was runner-up.

Three churchyards were Highly Commended: St Swithuns in Shobrooke (Mid Devon), St Swithuns in Woodbury (East Devon) and St Mary's...

The development site for 59 new homes at Chivenor Cross, for which permission was granted on appeal

Dismay after housing application in North Devon refused by the Council is allowed on appeal

Devon CPRE has voiced its utter dismay that a planning application for 59 new houses near Braunton, which North Devon District Council refused earlier this year, has now been allowed on appeal.

In February, the Devon branch of the countryside charity was pleased that North Devon’s planning committee had emphatically refused permission for more new homes at Chivenor Cross. Councillors...

Devon CPRE trustee & energy spokesperson Dr Phillip Bratby has welcomed the decision

Significant win for Devon CPRE campaign as Mid Devon refuses Langford solar farm proposal

The Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE is celebrating a significant win for its campaign against massive solar farms on agricultural land after Mid Devon councillors yesterday (22 Sept) ratified a decision to turn down a 150-acre solar farm and battery storage facility at Langford.

Seven members of Mid Devon’s planning committee voted to refuse the controversial application,...

Landscape artist Kath Hadden

Devon painter to help find CPRE’s Best Young Landscape Artist

Exeter-based landscape artist Kath Hadden will be giving Devon CPRE the benefit of her expertise this autumn to help find the county’s most talented young landscape artists.

Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, recently launched a new competition to find Devon's Best Young Landscape Artist 2021

Budding young artists up to the age of 18 can now compete for...

Devon CPRE 'My Outdoors' art competition

Devon CPRE launches competition to find Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist

Young artists aged 18 and under can now compete for the prestigious title of ‘Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist’ following a rebrand of Devon CPRE’s traditional painting competition for children.

The local branch of the countryside charity has decided to open up its annual art competition to under 18s, with new categories for older age groups. It’s a chance for Devon’s young people...

Close up of panels on a Devon solar farm

Councils powerless to stop solar panels made by enslaved workers from being installed in the county, says Devon CPRE

As councillors in Mid Devon prepare to decide whether to grant planning permission for a huge solar farm at Langford, the local branch of the countryside charity CPRE has revealed that local authorities are being forced to accept solar panels made using forced labour in China. Several Devon councils have admitted to the charity that despite statements on their websites about human rights and...

Protestors against the Yelland development on the Taw estuary in North Devon

North Devon Council refuses luxury holiday village in sensitive Taw estuary landscape

Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, today (9 June) congratulated North Devon Council for overwhelmingly voting to refuse an application to build 250 premium houses and apartments on the bank of the Taw estuary at Yelland Quay.

The site, where a small coal-fired power station stood between the 1950s and the 1980s, is in a noted wildlife habitat. It’s adjacent to an...

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...

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