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|County Branch AGM - 20 May 2009|
AGM 2009 Report:
2026 Plan - Campaigning à la carte
Campaigning à la carte
This was the theme of the Chairman, John Venning's review. He highlighted some of the many campaigns and successes on a variety of fronts:
To encourage more volunteers, rather than people feeling over-committed to supporting a wide range of activities, CPRE Hampshire is now offering 'campaigning à la carte'. He said that much could be done via email and those who espouse a particular cause can contribute directly. The list of campaign opportunities was published in Hampshire Views and would be updated on this website.
Structures Change but the Issues Remain
Ed Dawson, CPRE South East Regional Director, reported on the South East Plan and changes to regional planning structures. After years of development the South East Plan was finally approved. Housing number target of 32,700 over 20 years was lower than that originally proposed and the word 'minimum' was removed from the equation. The Thames Basin heath Zone now has significant protection, but green belt policies for Oxford and Guildford were to be reviewed. Interestingly, gas and electricity consumption in the South East is declining. Also in decline - cause unknown - are the species of birds in woodland and farmland (which is stable for England as a whole).
He described how the Regional Assembly has been replaced by a Regional Partnership Board, who in future are custodians of the Plan. Detailed work will be done within a single regional strategy (rather than a mix of spatial strategies, economic strategies, housing strategies as currently.
His bottom line was "The issues (of housing growth, protecting and improving the landscape, sustainability) remain, even if the policy structures have changed."
Making Our Countryside Better
The key note talk of the meeting was the background to CPRE's newly announced 2026 – A Vision for the Countryside . Chief Executive Shaun Spears highlighted some of the process and thoughts that went into formulating the vision:
The net result is a vision that covers six main themes - changing attitudes, better planning, new life in the countryside, food and farming, changing landscapes and green energy. All of these come together in a virtuous circle.
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