CPRE Kent certainly hit the headlines last week with our great news on Farthingloe. We won an important victory in our lengthy legal battle to save an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two judges at the Court of Appeal quashed the planning application to build 521 homes and a 90 apartment retirement village.
Not only were we on all the local radio and television programmes but the press coverage ranged from the lead story in specialist planning magazines to a prominent three-quarter page feature in The Times. It was covered well in all our local newspapers (with some good supportive comments) and featured in publications as far away as Portsmouth and Scarborough. Plus tens of thousands of Twitter interactions and hundreds of Facebook engagements.
You may be particularly interested to read the following UK Human Rights blog by clicking here.
We also wanted to share some of the positive comments with you – below is just a snapshot:
“My goodness, that is a tiny membership subscription well spent.”
“… just fantastic news! ”
“What a splendid result.”
“It is terrific that the Appeal Court ‘saw through’ the efforts of Dover DC to pretend that they were taking proper account of the AONB.”
“Wow, it has made our day. What a day for all those of us who want to protect our glorious countryside.”
“It is indeed a very gratifying outcome and makes campaigning on such developments worthwhile,”
“Hooray . Well done indeed!”
“This is indeed a landmark ruling and one which offers a lot of optimism for the future.”
“A brave move for CPRE to take this so far through the courts, but vindicated by absolutely the right result.”
“What a fantastic result – great news for the CPRE and the Kent Downs.”
“Hats off to @CPREKent for its fight to save beautiful countryside in the Kent Downs AONB. Campaigning works!”
“Great news, well done @CPREKent”
“Well done @CPREKent We need orgs like u to protect our countryside”
“So pleased for @CPREKent after saving Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty outside Dover from developers.”
“Too right! Congrats @CPREKent Councils should develop brownfield sites & protect countryside”
“Fantastic legal victory for countryside & important precedent requiring decisions to include adequate reasons”
“This is brilliant! Thank you so much! I spoke against this at the original, shambolic planning meeting and I’m over the moon!”
“Restores faith in our legal system”
“I am so glad the hard work has paid off. It is very good news and I finally can celebrate a victory which means hopefully beautiful Kent countryside stays that way.”
Thank you once again to everyone who supports us.
September 19th 2016.