CPRE Lancashire considers unplanned development of greenfield sites in the countryside to be fundamentally wrong. We call on the Government to remedy this current route to unplanned development and the real threat to the countryside it poses by clarifying notes 11 and 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework to allow housing sites with planning permission to be unconditionally included in the estimation of housing land supply.
The Government is keen to support the growth of the shale gas industry that relies on a controversial new process commonly referred to as 'fracking'. Following two earthquakes exploration resumed in December 2012 in Lancashire. Lancashire is a county that will be particularly impacted due to the presence of shale rock beds in its geology. CPRE Lancashire has therefore considered the issues and produced this policy for use by the public and local media.
Welcome to CPRE Lancashire - This year we celebrate our 80th Year Anniversary!
Hip Hip Hooray - The CPRE Lancashire Branch Celebrates its 80th Year Anniversary!
The Lancashire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is an independent charity working to protect the countryside of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
In our eightieth year, we will continue to support the public to understand the issues facing the Lancashire countryside. This builds on our achievements of last year with the appointment of a new planning manager and branch development manager. We commented on many draft Local Plan documents being produced by the 26 authorities in the County and participated in the Examination of the Lancashire County Council Minerals and Waste Plan. Click to open our Spring Newsletter 2013 below.
We recognise that economic development is important and that Lancashire needs a living, working countryside for future generations, but argue that this should not necessarily be at the cost of devaluing our precious landscapes. We are working with the many stakeholders involved in the environment to ensure that the right balance is found.
We will work with CPRE national office to achieve the 2026 Vision - read the document below.
A starting point will be a long overdue refresh of this website to bring it up to date and to provide all the resources you may need to help join our campaign. Do contact our office if you require any information or advice.
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This year we will be organising events to celebrate our 80th birthday. We will invite you to bake a cake as part of our fund raising appeal and join us for a picnic in the summer. We look forward to supporting the public with rural planning matters, boosting our membersip and developing the branch with the aim of enhancing and protecting the varied living rural landscapes across Lancashire.
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Blackburn with Darwen has commissioned external consultants to progress a Green Belt Review. Watch out for the publication of the initial study findings on the Council's website this Spring 2013.
The business case and the environmental scoping report for a new road that would decimate part of the Green Belt around South East Manchester has been challenged by a consortium of environmental NGOs including CPRE. Read the independent composite report here.
Queen’s retirement plans – where she may take her great grandchild, under threat of development. If Bowland isn’t safe from developers where is?
Ribble Valley Borough Council has been besieged by planning applications for more than 2,600 houses, eight wind turbines and other developments. CPRE Lancashire has expressed concern that such a large amount of development proposals are coming forward on sites in rural locations will impact on the stunning landscape. The environmental impacts of all the developments on issues such as loss of farmland and floodrisk must be fully understood. Many applications are being made the subject of planning appeals by-passing the local authority decision makers all together, flying in the face of localism.
- 80th Birthday Picnic!
Date: 7 Jul 2013
Time: 01:00 PM to 04:00 PMCPRE Lancashire is planning a picnic to celebrate 80 years since the branch was established. Members, supporters and friends are invited to come and join the fun. The picnic will be held in Downham Village, Ribble Valley from 1pm. Don't forget your picnic! Refreshments and an exhibit of the work of the branch since 1933 will be available in the village hall.
- Myerscough Show 2013
Date: 9 Jun 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PMCPRE Lancashire will have a stall at this countryside show. Come along and see us there.
- 2013 AGM
Date: 18 May 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 03:00 PMThe 2013 AGM is for all members and is scheduled for 18th May to be held at County Hall, Preston. An up date of the year will be given and Steve Halliwell of the Woodland Trust is to give a talk.