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CPRE in 'less clutter' appeal

Posted 9 June 2010
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CPRE in 'less clutter' appeal
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The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has called on the government to end what it calls the "man-made clutter" that it believes is blighting the UK landscape.

Under an appeal that may interest those who like to go walking in the English countryside, it has asked prime minister David Cameron to ensure the visible impact of power lines, mobile phone masts and road signs is reduced.

Senior planning campaigner at the CPRE Paul Miner said: "Insufficient planning control and bad infrastructure management has caused parts of our landscape to look more like a scrapyard than the majestic green countryside."

The CPRE noted that many mobile phone masts are now redundant, while work has been undertaken to place power lines underground, instead of them crossing high above the landscape attached to tall metal pylons.

Such concerns have also been voiced in Scotland, where the John Muir Trust launched a campaign in January to give wild land better statutory protection.

It undertook the move after the Scottish government decided to allow a 220 km overhead power line to be built through scenic areas despite more than 18,000 objections.

Posted by Brandon Egley