CPRE launches charter to save countryside

Last month the Campaign to Protect Rural England launched its charter to save our countryside which, it says, is a “wake-up call for the Government”.

Save our Countryside

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says local people are being disregarded, open countryside is being developed in favour of brownfield land, and still too few homes are being built.

We are saying loud and clear that whatever their original intentions, the reformed planning system is not working.

Evidence from across England shows the effects of current policies on the countryside are devastating, according to the CPRE.  The Green Belt, protected areas and, above all, our ‘ordinary’ but hugely valued countryside, is threatened with destruction.

CPRE’s charter to save our countryside

England’s countryside is beautiful, irreplaceable and finite. Yet increasingly it is being destroyed by badly planned developments, while local communities are left powerless to protect the places they love.
We must stand together to stop the destruction of England’s countryside. Support our three demands.
Don’t sacrifice our countryside
Our open spaces are being destroyed unnecessarily. Previously developed brownfield sites should be re-used first.
A fair say for communities
The cards are stacked in favour of developers. We want a democratic planning system that gives local people a stronger voice.
More housing – in the right places
The country needs affordable homes. They must be sensitively located, with excellent environmental standards and high quality design.

The CPRE says the initial response to its charter has been overwhelming, with over 10,000 having signed online in just a few weeks.

However, it says it needs more people to show politicians at a local and national level that local people want a fair say in planning for the places where they live and protection for the countryside.

Sign up to the charter here

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