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.

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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.

Current Campaigns

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 devleopments
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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Stopping the Drop in East Hampshire

flytipping Fly-tipping is a blight on our countryside, especially so in the new South Downs National Park. Not only is it unsightly but it is an irresponsible and criminal activity which can harm people, wildlife and farm animals. It costs the taxpayer, farmers and landowners over £100 million to clear up each year.

We are spearheading a ground-breaking project in twelve East Hampshire parishes in conjunction with the NFU and CLA, supported by the Environment Agency and East Hampshire District Council

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CPRE Celebrates our new National Park

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Bill Bryson at Harting Down - pointing out the landscape of the West Weald that the South Downs Campaign succeeded in getting included within the new national park

We celebrated the birth of this new national park at a special reception on 31st March 2010. We were particularly pleased to have succeeded in including the Western Weald within the boundaries. This was the culmination of efforts by other parts of CPRE, including national support from CPRE President, Bill Bryson. CPRE was also a founding member of the South Downs Campaign.

A celebration to remember   ::  South Downs pages

This page last updated 16th February 2014.