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A big step forward for South Hampshire's countryside

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We are delighted to announce a real step forward in our South Hampshire Green Belt Campaign with Council Leaders agreeing to explore the idea of a new Green Belt in the area.

The Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) Joint Committee, made up of the 10 Councils from the South Hampshire sub-region – met on Tuesday 5th June to hear the proposal from CPRE Hampshire about the adoption of a Green Belt. This would protect the remaining countryside gaps between the urban areas of Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh and Fareham

 After consideration, the committee have agreed unanimously to investigate the justification and feasibility for the introduction of the Green Belt further. 

Cllr Woodward, Chairman of PUSH and Leader of Fareham, encouraged discussion and recommended the Joint Committee looked positively at the idea.  This was supported by many Councils Leaders speaking effusively about the risks of not protecting the countryside and the potential benefits for South Hampshire residents.

CPRE Hampshire Chief Executive Charlee Bennett was at the meeting. ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have had such a positive response. The adoption of a South Hampshire Green Belt would maintain the integrity of the cities, prevent urban sprawl and safeguard the beautiful countryside which we consistently hear is so important to communities’.

We are delighted that the Council Leaders of PUSH have decided to investigate the adoption of a South Hampshire Green Belt further.  Although the idea has been around for years, this is the first time the topic has been given the consideration it deserves and we are so pleased that all Council Leaders present were in support. We are looking forward to receiving their report and recommendations and our sincere thanks go to all those councillors who spoke in our favour. Although we’ve still got a way to go, it feels like a real step forward in our campaign’.

PUSH will commit resource to exploring the options by working with all PUSH Councils, including Test Valley, Winchester, Eastleigh and Fareham Councils who have some of the most vulnerable green spaces.

CPRE Hampshire have been campaigning for the introduction of the South Hampshire Green Belt – an area which would surround major urban areas of South Hampshire such as Southampton, Portsmouth, Eastleigh and Fareham.

This would ensure the protection of countryside and green spaces surrounding the cities and towns, to be enjoyed by all.  It would also help maintain the unique identity of each urban area and encourage further urban regeneration.

Whilst there is a growing need for housing, this does not have to be at the cost of our countryside, which when gone, will be lost forever.

This campaign has gained support with over 11,400 members of the public signing a petition in support of the South Hampshire Green Belt.

CPRE Hampshire Chairman Dee Haas is keen to build on this success. ‘This is a great moment for us but we still need your support. We are asking people to sign our petition to show their support for the South Hampshire Green Belt. We want the Local Authorities to know just how passionately people in South Hampshire feel about this issue’.

To sign the petition for a new Green Belt, please visit: https://www.change.org/p/protect-south-hampshire-s-countryside

Dee Haas has praised the work of all those involved. ‘This is an amazing result for us. So many of our dedicated volunteers and members at CPRE Hampshire have worked tirelessly to support the adoption of this Green Belt proposal. This is a real boost to our ongoing mission to protect the beautiful and diverse countryside for all people to enjoy.’

Are you passionate about protecting the countryside? Do you want to make a real change to your local area? Then become a member with CPRE Hampshire and help to support campaigns like the South Hampshire Green Belt.  We need your support now more than ever. For more details on membership then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


 

 

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