Hampshire has some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in England. We have two National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which provide a rural retreat from the pace of modern life. We also have fine countryside which is not nationally designated but is still beautiful and much valued by local communities. Our unique chalk streams and water meadows are admired by many the world over. Along the coastal fringe wildlife still finds a peaceful refuge. This is why the Hampshire countryside is so important to all those who live and visit our beautiful county and we are dedicated to conserving and enhancing it.
Save Our Countryside
The first year of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework has seen damaging developments approved in precious open farmland and Green Belts, even in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is despite large areas of brownfield land being ready for development which could revitalise our towns and cities.
The Government has said it wants local people to have a say in planning their neighbourhoods, but decisions made by local councils are being over-ruled by Ministers or unelected Planning Inspectors. You can help support our campaign for changes:
For more background see Replace the developers' charter with a people's charter.
Together we can save the countryside.
We have continually campaigned to protect Hampshire's most special and precious landscapes. We have made a huge difference over the years, particularly in establishing the new South Downs National Park which is an enduring legacy for generations to come. We have been encouraging communities to conduct Local Landscape Character Assessments (LLCAs). With devolution of planning, these will play a pivotal role in the future planning process in Hampshire. A considered, locally informed LLCA will provide a strong basis on which to review planning applications. Our annual parish seminars provide opportunities to share knowledge on developing these assessments.
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The South Downs National Park
The South Downs National Park came into existence on 1st April 2010 after years of campaigning by CPRE Hampshire and many other organisations. Our main recent effort was to ensure that the Western Weald was included. We are also pleased that CPRE Hampshire campaginer Margaret Paren was elected chair of the new authority for this national park.
Combatting Fly Tipping
Fly-tiupping and litter despoil our countryside and cost the tax payer millions each year to clean up. Our national campaign is led by Bill Bryson. We have projects in Hampshire which aim to tackle this issue and clean up our beautiful county. In 2007, we launched a fly-tipping guide for landowners and managers, who have a legal responsibility to clear fly-tipping from their land.
On 12th May 2010, alongside several other organisations, we launched an innovative project which looks at different ways of dealing with instances of fly-tipping.
Hedgerows - Don't Cut Them Out!
Hedgerows are living things that need to be managed to stay in good condition. They not only stitch our countryside together but are often key to the character of our rural villages. To better protect hedgerows we need stronger regulation and more funding to support the work farmers do in maintaining them. We are committed to protecting hedgerows and dry stone walls - features which give beauty and character to rural landscapes and are valuable habitats for wildlife.
Tranquillity is important for everyone - for our hearts, minds and bodies. When asked about what countryside qualities they most value, people said tranquillity was the most important. Aircraft, cars, roads and building developments are all eroding tranquillity. We've found a way to measure and help protect tranquillity with our maps. One of the threats to tranquilly in Hampshire is that of airport expansion - such as that planned for Bournemouth and Southampton, and many small airfields such as Farnborough.
Enjoying a view of the night sky with many stars is becoming rarer with increasing light pollution from poorly designed lighting. We have worked with Hampshire County Council for better guidance to control lighting.
CPRE has teamed up with the Campaign for Dark Skies to monitor and address this nuisance. One success is that light pollution is now regarded as a statutory nuisance. But the 2011 survey results show that things are getting worse - not better
This page last updated 22nd November 2013.
- Planning & NPPF pages
- LLCA toolkit
- Parish planning
- Parish seminar 2010
- Storm clouds the countryside (article)
- National campaign
- Unlocking the landscape (guide)
- CPRE policy on telecommunications development
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