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Manifesto for the 2017 General Election

Hampshire's essentially rural character needs to be protected and enhanced Hampshire's essentially rural character needs to be protected and enhanced

May 2017

Stand up for the countryside - A manifesto for the 2017 General Election.

CPRE Hampshire has written to local candidates for the General Election asking them to support CPRE's election manifesto.

The next Parliament will be working hard to address a number of pressing social and environmental challenges and we believe this can be done without undue harm to our finite green-spaces and beautiful landscapes. Our manifesto calls on all politicians to support: 


•    Stronger protection for Green Belts, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
•    Further investment in urban regeneration
•    Continued public funding for farming focused on the benefits beyond food
•    Reset roads policy with a smarter travel investment strategy
•    Reduce waste and pollution by committing to resource efficiency schemes, such as deposit return systems
•    Transpose all EU environmental protections into domestic law and introduce an ambitious new Environment Act

In particular, the next Parliament will have to address the pressing housing crisis by providing the homes and infrastructure we desperately need. We support this, but call for ample undeveloped brownfield land in villages, towns and cities to be prioritised before building upon vital Green Belt and protected landscapes.

Hampshire’s rich and varied landscape contains National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Green Belt and we're asking candidates to commit to protecting these valued spaces from ill-judged development that fails to meet local housing needs. CPRE Hampshire is currently campaigning for a county-wide look at how the countryside is used and how it can be protected, and for new Green Belt in South Hampshire. The ‘Hampshire Strategic Vision’ consultation document is available to download below, along with the full manifesto and a poster for you to display.

News release - 19 May 2017 - Stand up for the countryside - CPRE Hampshire's manifesto for the 2017 General Election.

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