Support CPRE Charter

A message from the Campaign to Protect Rural England CPRE:

Please sign our Charter to save our countryside, to use brownfield sites first. Our charter continues to gain momentum and support.

Could you take a few moments to sign the Charter and write a letter to your local MP on the following concerns we have on the introduction of new planning guidance. By doing so you will be helping us make sure our charter demands become a reality and stop the destruction of England’s countryside.

CPRE save our countryside

Help us stop plans to release more countryside for new development

The Government wants to introduce new planning guidance that will put pressure on local councils to release more countryside and Green Belt for development. The Government are hoping that trying to increase housing in this way will lower the cost of housing but all our evidence shows this won’t happen.

Over half a million new homes threat to the countryside

Our latest research shows at least 500,000 new homes planned for greenfield sites. This could result in the loss of 150sq Km of irreplaceable countryside. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Destruction on this scale is totally unnecessary when there are enough suitable brownfield sites for around 1.5 million homes. In the past year the number of houses proposed in the Green Belt has doubled to 150,000. We are concerned that the new guidance, in particular the so-called ‘affordability’ test, will make this threat much worse. Our charter is asking for previously developed brownfield sites to be developed first, which will help protect the countryside and regenerate our towns and cities.

Giving communities a fair say

We are also concerned that the planning guidance doesn’t give enough weight to draft local and neighbourhood plans. We’re calling for a fair say for communities in our charter and are urging changes to the guidance to reflect this.

 Help us make our charter demands a reality

Together we can improve the final planning guidance so that we can protect the countryside, give communities a fair say and get the housing the country needs in the right places.

But we must act quickly, as we only have until the 9 October to give our views. Please write to your local MP urging them to raise these concerns with Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State.

Sign the CPRE’s charter here.

Write to your MP today :

Thank you for your supporting CPRE’s charter to save our countryside.

Best wishes,

Tony Fawcett

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Campaign to Protect Rural England, 5-11 Lavington Street, London, SE1 0NZ

Tel: 020 7981 2800 Fax: 020 7981 2899

New village planned for Handforth

CHESHIRE East Council has committed to plans for 1,800 new homes on green belt land in Handforth.  The authority says it has a “brownfield first” strategy but says some green belt is needed and believes a single release of land to the east of the A34 in Handforth would mitigate against the impact of piecemeal development.

Council leader Michael Jones said:  “Rather than increasing the size of villages in the north and south, we are proposing a new village called the North Cheshire Growth Village in Handforth East. There are some difficult decisions to make but we believe that what we are now proposing will set out a solid blueprint for our future that will protect us from speculative and opportunistic developers, many of whom place profit before principles.”

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Pickles approves farmland destruction

Eric Pickles approves destruction of farmland for 100 houses in Cheshire West.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has over-ruled a planning inspector’s rejection of 100 homes on top-quality farmland judged to be in conflict with the local plan, unsustainable in transport terms and prejudicial to development of a front-runner neighbourhood plan.

Mr Pickles rejected the inspector’s recommendation of refusal for Fox Strategic Land and Property‘s proposed development at Nantwich Road, Tarporley, which was also opposed by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

He judged that the Council lacks a five-year supply of housing land and its local plan is out-of-date and carrying little weight, so the so-called “presumption in favour of sustainable development” was engaged.

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