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....

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...

A victory for local democracy as minister quashes planning permission for controversial Whiddon Down development

Opponents are jubilant at winning an important battle to stall the development of a retail outlet and cafe in open countryside next to the A30 at Whiddon Down. The Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government has decided to quash the granting of planning permission for the site, fuelling calls for a Public Inquiry.

On appeal, London developer Jack Mann was granted...

Countryside campaigner CPRE Devon flags up concerns over plans for a huge new solar farm near Barnstaple

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Devon) is urging its members in North Devon and other interested parties in the area to attend a public exhibition next week to find out about plans for a massive solar installation to the south-west of Barnstaple.

CPRE Devon has learnt that Bristol-based Aura Power is considering developing a huge new solar farm on a site...

MP delighted by response to incinerator proposal

Having written to residents in the Ernesettle area regarding recent proposals for the construction of a second incinerator in her constituency, Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, was delighted by the substantial response she received and wants to thanks all those that have given her their feedback.

Alison Seabeck MP said: “Public response to the request I sent out for views on...