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Special Appeal Christmas 2018

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CPRE Lancashire's 2018 Christmas Appeal has been launched: we would be very grateful for any donation, large or small, towards our over-stretched funds to allow us to respond to the growing number of threats to our countryside and our green spaces.

Jackie Copley, our fully qualified Planning Manager, is a huge asset to CPRE Lancashire. Her expertise and experience makes a real difference to our abillity to respond strongly and effectively on planning issues. She advises parish and local councils on neighbourhood and local plans - critical first line defences to inappropriate development. She supports and advises action groups who are fighting to prevent the concreting over of green belt, their local park or their rural landscape. And she adds skill, experience and expertise on some big issues like fracking and affordable homes. But staff costs are amongst the biggest outgoings for a small charity.

Take a look at what we have been doing this year:    

•    Peel Holdings want to build a golf course, hotel, car park and 1000 houses - none of which are affordable – at Hulton Park, a gorgeous piece of countryside which is green belt and a haven for the people of Bolton and Wigan. Our planning manager Jackie appeared on BBC television to talk about the development and we have been helping “HEART”, the local action group, in their fight to stop it;
•    Highways England is putting a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley near Liverpool. Sefton Council is seeking a judicial review. The Valley is a lovely spot and much loved by local residents who value this green oasis and its peace and beauty. Despite our efforts, Highways England refuse to justify or even explain their decision to build the road through the valley or to explain why tunneling under is not an option. We are challenging the whole consultation process and are working closely in partnership with the local community, the two local MPS and Sefton Council ;
•    Fracking remains a major concern and we are campaigning to stop the permission/refusal  process being removed from local councils (and therefore from local people) and into the power of central government;
•    We are launching a “Brownfield Register Toolkit” so that local people and communities themselves can get brownfield sites put on their Council’s Brownfield Register. The more sites there are, the more pressure there is on developers not to build on green belt or in the countryside;
•    We are creating a planning support website so that anyone can   access it and get help in fighting inappropriate development;
•    We are assisting parish and local councils in getting neighbourhood and local plans drawn up by offering training and planning expertise. These plans help to avoid speculative development;
•    We helped the people of Trafford, Manchester and Barnoldswick, Lancashire in their successful fight to prevent house building on their green spaces;
•    We hosted a Climate Change seminar in Manchester with The Tyndale Centre attended by people from all walks of life including academics, politicians and interested public. Kevin Anderson, a world authority on climate change gave a superb presentation on the issues;
•    We held a “planning a green future for the Liverpool City Region” event in Liverpool. We showcased our Brownfield  Register Toolkit and campaigned to stop development of one of the city of Liverpool’s greatest assets – its parks which are only second to London in number;   
•    We have made representations to central government on the protection of the countryside and of green belt land.
We also work with our National Office aiming to influence Government to give greater protection for the countryside, our precious farmland and our urban parks.  We are hoping that some of our pressure will contribute to forthcoming legislation that may make Councils recalculate properly the number of houses they actually need – not what the developers would like to build!
All this costs a lot of money! We desperately need more cash if we are to continue to take up the fight! Can you help? Any donation to our work, no matter how small, would be much appreciated.
We are now on Amazon “Smile” too: Amazon Smile donates a percentage of any purchase to us. Click here to select us as your charity of choice. It is otherwise exactly the same as shopping on Amazon. Thank you!  

If you feel you could help us with this work and really want to protect your countryside, we would greatly value whatever help you can give us.  Please complete the slip via this link, or make a secure online donation by clicking here. If you are a tax payer, we would be very grateful if you could also complete the Gift Aid declaration. This would enable us to obtain an additional 25% on your contribution.

Your help and support to us would be so appreciated.

Thank you,

Nick  Thompson
Chair and Trustee

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