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REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH - MEETING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE

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Are the fortunes of England's former industrial heartlands to be revived by enhancing urban economic vitality and p...
Are the fortunes of England's former industrial heartlands to be revived by enhancing urban economic vitality and protecting the countryside, or will misguided government action cause worsening dereliction, traffic congestion and urban sprawl?

This is the key issue addressed in a major report published today by CPRE{1} on the continuing disparities in economic performance between and within the English regions. The report: Even Regions, Greener Growth{2} highlights the environmental and land-use consequences of regional economic imbalances, where continuing urban decay and population loss in the less prosperous areas is coupled with sprawling development and worsening congestion in others.

A summary* (4pp) of CPRE's report Even Regions, Greener Growth, published today, is available here.

The report presents an Action Plan for the government to harness the drive for more even economic growth across the English regions to promote countryside protection and the urban renaissance, rather than exacerbating these problems in all regions.

CPRE's Nigel Kersey said:

'Even Regions, Greener Growth highlights the link between economic disparities and the consequences for the environment and quality of life in all regions.

'Until now, there has been no clear indication that environmental and land issues feature at all in the government's approach to reducing the regional economic divide. Even Regions, Greener Growth challenges the government to ensure that - instead of exacerbating urban decay, traffic congestion and sprawl - the drive for a more even pattern of economic growth promotes an urban renaissance and protects the countryside.'

NOTES

1. CPRE exists to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country. We promote positive solutions for the long-term future of the countryside and to ensure change values its natural and built environment

2. Copies of the CPRE publication Even Regions - Greener Growth, priced£10, are available from CPRE Publications, Warwick House, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PP, or email publications@cpre.org.uk. Copies of Even Regions - Greener Growth - Summary are available from the same address free on request.

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