Countryside Charter delivered to Downing Street

CPRE Kent Chairman Christine Drury was part of the delegation handing in CPRE’s 80,000 strong petition to save the countryside into Downing Street last week (17th June).

CPRE Kent Chairman Christine Drury at Number 10

CPRE Kent Chairman Christine Drury at Number 10

Over the last two years 80,890 people signed the Charter which has now been left with the Prime Minister. Support for the Charter came from all over the world as it is widely recognised that England’s countryside has a unique and special character that must be protected.

Christine Drury said: “Thank you to the many people in Kent who signed the Charter. Members and non-members alike supported these important demands to the Government: brownfield first, more listening to communities and more housing in the right places.”

 

Photo: CPRE, Stefano Cagnoni

Photo: CPRE, Stefano Cagnoni

Over the last two years 80,890 people signed the Charter which has now been left with the Prime Minister. Support for the Charter came from all over the world as it is widely recognised that England’s countryside has a unique and special character that must be protected.

Christine Drury said: “Thank you to the many people in Kent who signed the Charter. Members and non-members alike supported these important demands to the Government: brownfield first, more listening to communities and more housing in the right places.”

Here are some of CPRE’s campaign successes :

Building on brownfield land first

  • We created a map of more than 400 ‘wasted spaces’ in towns across England supporting our research that revealed at least one million homes could be built on suitable brownfield land to help regenerate our towns.
  • We influenced the Government to give incentives worth close to £1billion to boost building on brownfield sites by creating new housing zones and regeneration funds.
  • We won a commitment to the establishment of a statutory register of brownfield sites, announced as part of the Queen’s Speech.
  • We secured new planning guidance asking local councils to accelerate the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

More housing – in the right places

  • Our local groups across the country have supported well-designed development that meets local needs and have fought off inappropriate developments that threaten precious countryside.
  • For example, CPRE Gloucestershire supported a well-designed housing scheme in Stroud, and CPRE Durham successfully fought off plans for 3,550 houses in the Green Belt, saving precious countryside. These are just two of our hard-won, local victories.

A fair say for communities

  • Through our network of local groups we’ve helped dozens of local communities to develop Neighbourhood Plans. And we’ve worked to strengthen support for them in planning decisions, giving people more say in shaping development where they live.
  • We helped persuade the Government to reconsider its plans to make it more difficult for communities to make a legal challenge on a planning decision.

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We now want the new Government to make a firm commitment to protecting the countryside by clearly prioritising the use of brownfield over greenfield land in national planning policy. We need to go on working in every part of England to defend our countryside from the wrong kind of development.

22nd June 2015.

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