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Lancashire - Campaign to Protect Rural England

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CPRE Lancashire would like to take this opportunity to promote some events happening in your local area which are directly related to some of our campaign priorities.

Not only do we host our own events, but would like to support the work of other environmental charities and community organisations by making this information available on our website.

This list will be regularly updated so please check back and we hope to see you at some of these wonderful events! 



Neighbourhood Plans:

Getting Started

29th January 2019, 7-9pm, Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury PR5 0UY.

The Government introduced Neighbourhood Plans (NPs) under the Localism Act 2011, a new way for communities to influence their future.  CPRE thinks they could better protect the distinctiveness and local character of rural areas as new development is planned.

There are rules, such as they must conform to national and local plan policies, and cannot be used to stop development outright.  But, they should improve the quality and design integrity of development. 

Parish Councils can progress them, and crucially apply for funding to buy in expertise (prepare the evidence base, draft documents, help local consultation, take to examination, pass a local referendum).  If the majority of voters say ‘yes’, the Neighbourhood Plan will be made. 

Once ‘made’ additional policy will guide new developments as they are planned.  The Local Planning Authority only has to demonstrate a 3(rather than 5)-year housing land supply, better protecting areas from speculative development.  Parish Councils can decide how 25% of Community Infrastructure Levy arising is spent, without, only 15%. 

Useful links:

Locality - Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme:

•    Builds on the 2015-18 programme, and pays for expert advice:
–    a basic grant of up to £9,000
–    with an extra £8,000 (find out more about additional grant criteria)
–    opens for applications on 3 April 2018, must have completed an end of grant reporting to be eligible to apply.

CPRE Lancashire:

•    We see neighbourhood forums & parish councils as key partners to saving our countryside in the future – join us.
•    We have resources  and information on our website
•    We have considerable expertise.  Currently, drafting Rufford Parish Council’s Landscape Character Assessment to help planning in the future.
•    Cost effective planning expertise to rural communities (very reasonable day rate). Jackie Copley is a chartered town and country planner with over 25 years’ experience. 

Cost £10 per head. N.B the presenter slides will be made available after the presentation

Limited places available, to book please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07910 235256



March 26th, 2019, 10.30 - 12.30 - Friends Meeting House, Manchester

More and better use of brownfield land

An event hosted by CPRE Lancashire to promote discussion on the best way to achieve effective reuse of brownfield land, to be held on 26 March 2019, 10:00 for 10:30 to 12:30, at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
CPRE, as the leading countryside charity, has accumulated a significant body of evidence on what has been happening to brownfield development in recent years and has drawn conclusions on what is needed in the future to encourage wider use of this vital resource, especially in urban locations.
Reuse of urban brownfield land is more sustainable than development of greenfield countryside, as urban sites usually have well developed infrastructure (road network, transport connections, shops, schools, medical facilities, employment opportunities, etc.) whereas countryside development lacks such amenities, and even in the rare cases where it is financially feasible to create some of them, it usually entails the loss of valuable farmland and important habitat and wildlife.
Brownfield land is a particular issue for conurbations across the North of England.  Our industrial legacy means the North has comparatively large swathes of derelict previously developed land in need of investment to unlock future development potential.  In our view this land should be used in advance of any green space in promoting the Northern Powerhouse. Urban regeneration is an objective in itself, since it enhances the lives of the people who have otherwise to live and work in unhealthy blighted conditions. Of course, in strongly supporting urban regeneration, greatly reduces the loss of countryside to unnecessary development
In December 2017, the Government required local planning authorities to create and maintain Brownfield Land Registers to record suitable brownfield sites to better inform the evidence bases of local plans.  Last year CPRE devised a Toolkit to help communities inform planners of potential sites for inclusion in the registers. The toolkit is designed to deliver information in the format required for incorporation in the local authorty’s Brownfield Land Register and so assist hard pressed planning officers.  In July 2018, the Government revised the National Planning Policy Framework and it now includes Section 11: Making effective use of land which encourages better use of brownfield land.
We will examine how useful the Brownfield Land Registers are, and whether other policy areas of the NPPF, such as the housing delivery tests, support urban regeneration as a priority.
Devolution means that Combined Authorities are producing draft spatial frameworks in areas such as Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.  CPRE is keen to ensure these spatial plans are based on sustainable development principles and truly focus on reusing urban brownfield sites in advance of countryside loss.  We want the Government to fully support devolved structures and constituent local planning authorities to make effective use of land.
At the meeting, we will showcase  our findings on brownfield research and best practice by reference to London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region.  Following this, we shall host a panel discussion including leading brownfield experts, such as academics, developers, planners and politicians.  We will ask a number of relevant questions to understand the range of constraints and what needs to be done to enable more development of brownfield land to reduce development of unsustainable greenfield sites.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential: visit the following link on Eventbrite to book your place:


To focus more effort on important rural campaigns CPRE Lancashire has closed the Springfield Office in Leyland.  To get in touch with us, please contact or phone 01772 378831. Post can be sent to CPRE Lancashire, PO Box 1386, PRESTON, PR2 0WU

Registered charity number: 1107376, registered company number: 05291461