The countryside champions

Standing Up For Your Countryside

Our vision is that Hampshire will continue to be a thriving and vibrant community with outstanding landscape and beautiful countryside which are valued and enjoyed by everyone. We work towards this through our campaigning and events that raise awareness. On these pages you will find information about the challenges facing our countryside and what we are doing to address them, in conjunction with our partners.

What We Are Doing In Your Area

We currently have five active local groups: South Downs & Central, North East Hants, North Hants, South Hants and Test Valley. Each group runs social and fund-raising events, but more importantly they campaign on local issues, often in association with other groups. As an example the planning group of the North East Hampshire Group meets every couple of months and have recently been scrutinising Hart District Council's emerging local plan - read their planning group update.

Go to the local groups page to find out about your local group.

Current Campaigns

Manifesto for 2015 General Election

CPRE National Office has published 'CPRE: Stand up for the countryside - a manifesto for the 2015 General Election'. It's key elements are:

  • The right housing in the right places
  • the right infrastructure for the right reasons
  • a beautiful countryside to sustain us all

You can download the 8-page manifesto from the CPRE National website (PDF: 100Kb).

Save Our Countryside!
Evidence is mounting that the government planning reforms (the National Planning Policy Framework) is not working in the interests of the countryside. CPRE has launched a three point 'Save Our Countryside' charter. A related article says: "Replace the developer's charter with a people's charter".

Major housing devlopments
In conjunctions with various local groups we have camapigned against some major development in greenfield countryside. These include Welborne, a for 6,000 plus homes on fine agricultural countryside, north of Fareham, 2,000 homes at Barton Farm on the outskirts of Winchester and major sites in Petersfield. Some of these are going ahead, so we are monitoring on these developments and responding to consultations so that they are developed in the most effective and sustainable way.

New Water Policy
As development pressure increases in the South East,m the demand for water continues to increase. In 2013, a new water group at CPRE Hampshire was created. It is represented on various water company stakeholder groups and has updated an earlier CPRE national water policy that covers water resources, sustainable development, river bio-diversity, flood mitigation etc.
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planning policy

CPRE Policies

CPRE have a number of national policies and position statements on various areas of our work. As well as the planning policy (see link on right), there are policies on topics as varied as transport, hedgerows, onshore wind turbines and more.

You'll find links to the relevant policies on the main topic pages, or see the full list on the CPRE Policy Position Statements page at the CPRE national website.

This page last updated 16th October 2014.