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Mayoral Manifestos and CPRE Urban Network

Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:13

Green Belt Rally in Manchester on 1 April Green Belt Rally in Manchester on 1 April Photo: © Jackie Copley

Publication and project update.

Since the beginning of the year when CPRE Lancashire was selected to pilot a new project in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions, quite a lot has been happening. The Project is designed to increase CPRE profile and involve many more people in our campaigns in the urban sub-regions; ensure the appropriate developments take place in the right places in these two areas and their surrounding countryside and substantially increase the influence we should have with newly evolving key decision making sub-regional bodies.

As part of this project, CPRE Lancashire has now produced a Mayoral Manifesto for Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions (attached below). Local community groups are free to adapt to their own local situation, and nuance the asks to their regional circumstances.

The Branch has sent the Manifestos to the prospective candidates and have met a number of them in person. Andy Burnham MP has committed to a meeting with us in May, so we will keep him to that, if he is successful. All candidates are saying brownfield first, apart from Cllr Sean Anstee of Trafford Borough Council (Conservative Candidate) who is taking a more “pragmatic approach” to economic growth and managed Green Belt loss to better protect remaining Green Belt. So CPRE does take credit for having applied some pressure to positive effect before the election.

The key will be to ensure candidates stick to agreed Green Belt protection after the election.

We encourage people to go and vote.

We have also held two sub-regional level groups in Manchester and Liverpool and have successfully networked and made a number of local contacts with similar charities (RSPB, Wildlife Trust, Civic Voice, etc), friends of park groups and residents opposing local Green Belt/green space loss.

CPRE also attended a Green Belt Rally, and a BBC Manchester radio husting on 26 April where Jackie Copley CPRE Lancashire Planning Manager posed the candidates the question: “How will you use your Mayoral powers to ensure that the significant vacant brownfield sites across Greater Manchester are used in advance of preventable Green Belt loss?”

If you are interested in finding out more information on CPRE’s urban work or would like to get involved please email Jackie Copley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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