CPRE Kent wishes all its supporters and friends a very Merry Christmas. It has been a challenging year with some highs and lows and with the increasing pressure of higher and higher housing targets and demand for infrastructure our work is more important than ever.
Our victory at the Court of Appeal in getting planning permission quashed for more than 600 homes on the AONB at Farthingloe was a memorable and far-reaching achievement. Meanwhile plans for huge housing developments on our beautiful countryside look set to go ahead including 4,000 at Mountfield, south Canterbury, and 12,000 at Otterpool Park in Shepway.
Transport infrastructure continues to remain high focus – we await a decision on the Lower Thames crossing, Heathrow has been chosen for expansion and of course the giant Operation Stack lorry park is due to open, possibly as early as next summer.
It was wonderful to celebrate CPRE’s 90th anniversary with our garden party at Hever castle in September. To read more on the historic formation of our charity see here.
We will continue to engage in local plans, major planning applications and other consultations and campaign to protect our wonderful landscapes. We do make a difference and it is thanks to our members, volunteers and supporters that we do.
Merry Christmas from all the staff at Charing – Hilary, Vicky, Susannah, Jillian and Paul.