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Archived News from CPRE Hampshire (2007-10)

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Autumn Bulletin 2010

December 2010

Our Autumn Update has just been posted to our members. This 4-page bulletin includes reports on successes in our flytipping campaign, a progress report from our Director (Anthony McEwen), news for Parish and Amenity Groups, some information on membership, the 500 Club and legacies, plus the first glimpse at some of the events planned for our 2011 Walks & Talks programme. Relevant sections of this website have been updated with material from bulletin or...

Download the complete Autumn Update 2010 here (PDF: 386K).

November 2010

Postcard Campaign to Stop New Town

Our main focus this month has been the campaign against the North Fareham Strategic Development Area. Despite a vigorous postcard campaign by CPRE and SHUV (South Hampshire's Unheard Voices), Fareham Borough Council approved its local development framework, including this development, which would add a small town of between 6,500-7,500 homes. It will infill the only piece of green countryside between the village of Wickham and Fareham. The campaign will continue until this major development is dropped.

See the North Fareham SDA page to keep abreast of latest developments in this campaign.

November 2010

Parish & Amenity Group News

Following last year's successful event, CPRE Hampshire organised another 'Enhance Your Parish' seminar designed specifically to help parishes and amenity groups with their work. The aim of the event was to share experience and to hear about how current campaigns can help improve your community.

Read more... :: Seminar Flier (PDF)

October 2010

Government Consults on Future of the Countryside

The Government is consulting on its vision for the natural environment, in advance of producing a White Paper early next year. This is said to be a once in a generation opportunity to improve our natural environment which, despite best efforts, has declined over the last 50 years. The focus is on wildlife and biodiversity, but landscape and countryside is included.

Many CPRE members responded to the consultation which closed on 31st October. You can read more at Defra's Natural Environment White Paper page.

September 2010

Planning decisions to be more local

CPRE Hampshire welcomes the coalition government's moves to give more planning decision to local councils. After spending considerable effort over the last few years in reviewing the South East Plan our attention is now moving towards the Local Development Frameworks that councils have been developing. We wait to see how the new planning regime will work in practice. Already there have been some developments we like, and some we don't:

Our planning pages spell out in more detail the general issues we face in planning and in housing.

August 2010

CPRE welcomes call to de-clutter the Countryside

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond are writing to councils to ask them to 'cut the clutter'. CPRE Hampshire's anti-clutter campaign has had some success and we welcome this announcement which we hope will increase the momentum to reducing unecessary signage in rural areas.

See also the CPRE National news item on this subject.

June 2010

AGM Celebrates the New South Downs National Park (June 2010)

At this year's AGM held at Itchen Abbas, Christopher Napier, the Chairman of CPRE Hampshire gave a run down of our campaigning work during 2009-10. After the fomal part of the meeting CPRE member, Margaret Paren, who was recently appointed chair of the new South Downs national Park Authority gave a talk on the new park as well as showing slides that show what a gem we have on our doorstep.

See Chairman's annual report 2009-10 and press release reporting on the AGM (13th July).

June 2010

All Change at the Branch Office

This year has been all change at the Branch office. At the start of the year was the move to Bridgett's Farm. Then in May, Pam Mason left after 5 years as administrator for which she was awarded a CPRE Countryside Medal (see press release 20th July.) We now welcome Anthony McEwen as our new Director and Joanne George as our new administrator (see press release 22nd July). Becky French continues as Branch Development Officer.

Read the article about these changes.

May 2010

Hampshire Views - Issue 2

Our new annual printed newsletter went out to members recently. This Spring/Summer 2010 edition includes information on the restructuring of our local groups, affordable housing, airport expansion and the celebration of the South Downs National Park to mention just a few.

You can download Hampshire Views No. 2 here (PDF:1.3Mb). The 2009 inaugural issue (PDF: 1.7Mb) is also available.

January 2010

CPRE Hampshire is moving!

We are pleased to announce that in January 2010, the Branch Office will be moving to new premises on the outskirts of Winchester. Just 5 minutes drive from junction 9 of the M3 motorway, the new office is in a rural location and is much more suited to our needs than the attic accommodation we have worked from for the past 30 years. See contact details for our new office address and phone number.

November 2009

Autumn Update

This bulletin was recently sent to members. It records our sadness at the unexpected death of our chairman John Venning. John was a key player in the fight to get the Western Weald included in the South Downs National Park; he also spearheaded the campaign to stop industrial scale wind turbines being erected within the park boundaries. Chris Napier was announced as the new chairman. Feature articles included an update on Stop the Drop, support for local foods and report on CPRE Hampshire's seminar for Parish Councils and amenity organisations. Read the Update (PDF - 550K). Tribute to John Venning

May 2009

AGM Highlights

The 2009 AGM was held at Shawford Village Hall on 20th May. Chairman John Venning reviewed the year's successes and outstanding issues. He highlighted a new approach to volunteering - campaigning à la carte.

Ed Dawson, CPRE South East regional Director, described the outcome of the South East Plan and outlined the new structures now that the South East Regional Assembly has been abolished. His bottom line: the issues remain, whatever the structures.

Shaun Spiers, CPRE Chief Executive, outlined how the new 2026 vision and how it was developed.

Read the AGM report - press release.

April 2009

News from County Office

Two articles in Hampshire Views No.1 (PDF) give a good overview of what's happening behind the scene at CPRE Hampshire:

  • Becky French comments on our new Countryside & Design Awards, the launch of the newsletter and the challenge of fundraising - read article.
  • Lucy Stirling, provides a profile of herself and her task to develop a fund-raising plan for CPRE Hampshire - read profile.

April 2009

Hampshire Views - Issue 1

Our new annual printed newsletter has been sent out to members. Packed full of information on our campaigns, updates from the district groups, plans for the future, and above all, how we are restructuring our volunteering so that poeple can volunteer à la carte specifically on campaigns that they are passionate about. The individual articles will be put into the relevant sections of this website later, but you can download and read the entire 16-page, professionally produced glossy magazine here:
Download Hampshire Views (Spring/Summer 2009) (PDF 1.7Mb).

March 2009

CPRE's Christmas card - we need your help!

Following the great success of last year's Christmas card, we are now searching for photos for 2009.

Do you have any photos of a snowy village scene, any winter shots of landscape, famous landmarks, or Christmassy scenes?

If so, we'd love to see them!

If anyone has any photos that they think may be interesting for our 2009 Christmas card, then please send them to: We would very much appreciate your help. If your photograph is selected you will have the satisfaction of having your own Christmas card produced ... and you will also be helping to support the work of CPRE Hampshire.

March 2009

Do You Have Unwanted Items?

CPRE Mid-Hampshire is taking part in two events. They will have a sale table at the Mayor's table-top sale on 29th March and they are running the Winchester car boot sale in Worthy Lane car park on Sunday 24th May. As well as providing stewards for the event, CPRE will also be running a table.

If you have any unwanted items, plants, toys, books etc. that you would be kind enough to donate; we would be very pleased to arrange collection.

Please contact Chris Slattery in Winchester on 01962 865088 or John Budden in the Denmead/ Bishops Waltham area on 02392 343731. Alternatively, you can contact branch office and we will try to arrange collection for other areas.

Thank you for your support!

November 2008

CPRE Responds to New Forest National Park Draft Management Plan

CPRE Hampshire endorses the vision, but has concerns over several of the details. You can read the plan at the New Forest National Park website and the CPRE response here (PDF).

November 2008

Bordon/Whitehill Eco-town (November 2008)

An Eco-town at Bordon/Whitehill has today taken a step forward on the path to becoming a reality. CPRE is monitoring the situation and wants to ensure that any development is designed and planned within a strict environmental framework in keeping with the needs of residents of Bordon/Whitehill and villages in the surrounding countryside. See press release. Also check the major developments page for latest news.

November 2008

Autumn Update

The Autumn Update was recently dispatched to members. It highlighted a successful year, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, who worked on such issues as the South Downs National Park, work on the SE Plan, activity on local development frameworks and campaigning for local transport solutions, including 'shared space' and reduction of 'roadside clutter'. Feature articles included the litter campaign, our awards scheme, minimizing food waste and fundraising activities including the 500 Club and sale of Christmas Cards. There were also updates from each of the district groups.Read the Update (PDF - 362K).

October 2008

New Christmas Card for 2008 Now on Sale (October 2008)

Our new Christmas card shows a seasonal image of St Nicholas Church Steventon taken by a CPRE member. Cards cost £4 for a pack of 10. See details.

October 2008

CPRE Responds to South East Plan Changes

CPRE South East has sent a full response on the latest proposed changes to the South East Draft Plan. It objects strongly to proposed changes in process, housing, lack of sustainability sub regional designation. See press release, Overview of response (PDF) or Full response (PDF - 86 pages; 200K).

October 2008

New Christmas Card for 2008 Now on Sale (October 2008)

Our new Christmas card shows a seasonal image of St Nicholas Church Steventon taken by a CPRE member. Cards cost £4 for a pack of 10. See details.

October 2008

Press Release on 2009 Awards Scheme

Although nominations for CPRE Hampshire's 2009 Awards Scheme have been open for acceptance since announcement of the 2008 Award Winners, a press release has gone out to increase awareness and to encourage eligble schemes to enter. The awards recognise and reward people/organisations who are working to enhance Hampshire's environment and to highlight the importance of good environmental practice. See the press release.

September 2008

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

This is the title of a new book from CPRE supporter Charles Flower. Charles is one of the country's top authorities on wild flowers and has both talked at CPRE meetings and hosted visits to his own wild flower farm, Carver's Hill Farm (see the press release about our 2007 visit). The book is described as "a beautiful but practical guide to bringing our gardens and the countryside back to life by re-introducing the wild flowers that used to provide food for birds, butterflies and other insects and were a constant delight to the human eye". See flier (PDF opens in new window) for details.

August 2008

Bill Bryson's Notes on A Dirty Island

CPRE President Bill Bryson reported for BBC's Panorama on 11th August. He highlighted the blight of litter and flytipping that is despoiling our countryside. Support CPRE's Stop The Drop campaign. See Stop the Drop Campaign pages

August 2008

CPRE celebrates a significant victory in the campaign against BOATS.

Following an Appeal Court ruling, eighteen of the claims for new BOATs (Byways Open to All Traffic) in Hampshire which were previously exempt from the NERC Act legislation have now been rejected as invalid. Rosemary Horsey takes reader through the tortuous byways of this legislation (Aug 2008). Read full article.

July 2008

Eco-Towns: Not So Eco

The Government plans a number of eco-towns, including a 5,500 home development at Bordon-Whitehill. CPRE fully supports the Government's aspirations for achieving the highest standards in terms of sustainability and affordability. However, far from being eco, many of the schemes are in remote or otherwise unsustainable locations. CPRE is assessing the various schemes to see how they match up to CPRE's ten tests for sustainability.

Read details of the campaign at the CPRE national website and learn about the ten tests.

For the latest updates, see the major developments page on this website.

June 2008

One Last Push for the South Downs Petition

John Venning of CPRE Hampshire is urging as many people as possible to sign the petition to include the Western Weald in the South Downs National Park. The target is 5,000 signature by 9th July.

Read the press release. See also the South Downs pages.

June 2008

CPRE Hampshire Announces Award Winners

CPRE Hampshire is proud to announce the first four winners of its Countryside and Design award, launched this year. They are:

  • Portway Junior School, in Andover, for their new school garden project in the Schools category
  • Bordon Junior School in East Hampshire, for their new school garden project- in the Schools category
  • Futurefarms Ltd of Martin in the New Forest, for their cooperative farm and food project - in the Voluntary/ Community category
  • Ballard Water Meadows, in New Milton, for their conservation work - in the Voluntary/ Community category.

Read the press release for more details. Nominations are now open for the 2009 awards - see Awards Page.

April 2008

Stop the Drop Anti-litter campaign launched 16th April

Stop the Drop logo CPRE's President, Bill Bryson, launched this, CPRE's biggest 2008 campaign saying "Litter is becoming the default condition of the countryside. It is time that we - all of us - did something about this. The landscape is too lovely to trash."

CPRE Hampshire has been addressing the problems with fly-tipping since 2006, and is now fully behind the national campaign with local initiatives.

We have created a special website section just for this campaign. See Stop the Drop pages or go to the campaign pages at the CPRE national website for the latest information.

April 2008

Spring/Summer Newsletter

Members will now have received their 24-page newsletter. You can download a PDF version here (opens in new window). Individual articles are also put into the relevant sections of this website.

January 2008

Walks and Talks Programme 2008

CPRE Hampshire's walks and talks programme is now underway. There are springtime guided walks in Old Portsmouth, Ampsfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There are farm visits in June and July to two farms on the Wintershill estate and Lyburn Farm. Later visits include Silchester, Twyford waterworks, Fleet Pond Nature Reserve and Alton's Material Recovery Facility.
Full details are in our 2008 Walks and Talks Leaflet (PDF), view the events page for a chronological list, or view the press release for links to websites of the locations.

January 2008

128,000 New Houses - Is This Sustainable?

The latest South East Plan report is recommending housing allocations for Hampshire that exceed 128,000 over the next 18 years. These numbers are 5 per cent higher than targets that were recommended in the EiP (Examination in Public) report, and could be raised even further by central government in future.

In response to this, two CPRE members have set up a website called, and they are asking for all those concerned with this issue to sign their Downing Street petition. Well over 1000 signatures are needed for this petition to make an impact, and to generate a response from the Prime Minister, so your contribution would be very much appreciated.

You will find the petition at

November 2007

New Awards Scheme Launched

As part of CPRE Hampshire's aim to involve more people within the community in its activities, we have launched a new environmental awards. The 'CPRE Hampshire Countryside and Design Award' and will run annually and cover three categories:

  • Schools
  • Voluntary and Community
  • Public Sector and Business.

Nominations for the first awards must be received by 21st March 2008.
Read the full details of the scheme.

October 2007

Autumn Bulletin

This has recently been sent out to members who have registered their email address. The contents include:

  • Visit and Walks programme 2007 - more on transport symposium
  • Planned visits for 2008
  • 500 Club update
  • Next year's AGM - 24th April - an exciting new venue, and a few surprises!
  • Website - addition of the battlemap
  • Christmas cards

You can download the bulletin here (PDF).

September 2007

New Report on Water Resources

The South East could face a shortfall of one billion litres a day in drinkable water if we do not do more to conserve and recycle supplies. The Government and the water companies have not woken up to the new realities of water supply. These are the conclusions of a CPRE South East report written by hydrologist Graham Warren. Read the press release or the full 65-page report (PDF: 2.85Mb).

September 2007

Bill Bryson visits areas to be excluded from the South Downs National Park

Bill Bryson, CPRE's president, on 11th September visited areas in the Western Weald which were recently recommended by the government's planning inspector to be excluded from the proposed national park.
Read about this visit and see the photos.

September 2007

South Downs Campaign Hots Up

A 'nonsensical boundary' is how John Venning describes the latest proposals for the South Downs National Park. See his recent article (July 2007) and CPRE's position statement.

Recently over 100 campaigners walked Harting Down to support the campaign to achieve the best possible South Downs National Park. Walkers included Brian Blessed, the actor and outgoing President of the Council for National Parks. Read about it and see the pictures. There is currently a further round of consultation (closes 13th August) on issues such as its boundaries.
See full list of South Downs articles.

July 2007

Act Now To Protect The Future of The Countryside

Following publication of the Commission for Rural Communities State of the Countryside report 2007 CPRE national office has issued a press release welcoming "much good news in this report", but expressing concerns about "some urgent issues" including affordable housing and damaging infrastructure projects.
Read the national press release (17 July).

May 2007

Reports from CPRE Hampshire's AGM - 19th May

This was held at Sparsholt College, near Winchester, on 15th May. Read about:

March 2007

Spring/Summer 2007 Newsletter

The latest newsletter was recently sent to members. Contents include:

plus all the usual features such as district group reports and details of events. Articles are placed in the relevant sections of this website. Alternatively you can read the whole newsletter (PDF - 691Kb).

March 2007

Other County Office News

  • Rebecca French joins as full-time admin and media assistant. Read the announcement. There is a separate flier about the farm visits on 21st July
  • Have you joined the CPRE 500 Club yet? Details here.
  • Office and administration news - staffing, email and postage. Read the details ...
  • Behind the scenes at Exbury Gardens - an out-of-season visit to these wonderful gardens. Read press release ...
  • 45 members enjoyed a visit to Broughton Water Buffalo Farm in September.
  • CPRE Hampshire a founder member of SHUV (South Hampshire's Unheard Voice) - find out more at the SHUV website

March 2007

South East Region News

The CPRE South East Regional Director, Edward Dawson, is very active in representing CPRE at the Examination-in-Public of the South East Plan. Read our South East Plan campaigns pages for latest updates. He also works closely with partners to influence SEERA (the South East England Regional Assembly) and also has good links with SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency) and GOSE (the Government Office for the South East) in order to campaign for CPRE objectives.

Go to the Regional News page (archive) for contemporary regional information.

This page last updated 12th January 2012.