The Housing Minister Gavin Barwell gave the CPRE annual lecture yesterday (20th) and spoke of the influence CPRE had in the recent Housing White Paper:
“We’ve not only listened to your input, we’ve taken it on board. Any honest assessment of the housing white paper will quickly spot the marks of your influence – whether it’s the protection of the green belt, our opposition to speculative development or our insistence on community involvement in planning and design.”
He added: “I have great respect for the contribution your members have made to public life over many decades in your ceaseless campaign to protect and enhance the English countryside.”
And he said: “The CPRE has played such a distinguished role – and for such a long time – that you suffer from that paradox of success: many people are completely unaware of your profound impact on the English landscape because they simply take it for granted.”
We were heartened to hear him acknowledge our vital role in protecting the countryside.
You can read the whole speech here.
And you can read Matt Thompson’s blog reacting to the Housing White Paper here.
CPRE Kent is working with other branches and CPRE nationally on our full response to the white paper.
February 21st 2017.