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The evolution of localism offers a good opportunity for communities to shape their local environment. This page gives updates on some ways in which CPRE Hampshire can help local parish councils and amenity groups lead the agenda.

Update from NE Hampshire

In our Feb 2015 eNewsletter, Janet Martin, president of CPRE's North East Hampshire group gives an updted on neighbourhood planning across the district - read article

Parish Help - Learning from experiences across Hampshire

Many parish councils and amenity groups are scrutinising the core strategies of their emerging local plans. This article, first published in Hampshire Views No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2013) (PDF: 18mb), discusses how local groups can argue for allowance to be made for windfall housing sites.

Read the article.

Be Inspired - Community Projects


Communities across Hampshire are working to make a difference locally:

  • A community effort has recently been luanched to save the Fox & Hounds pub in Denmead (near Waterlooville) - read press release (PDF) supplied by our partner The Southern Co-operative.
  • Spring bulb planting by The Fleet & Church Crookham Society to coincide with its 50th anniversary. Over 100 volunteers took part to connect with the green space in their urban environment - read article
  • Opening of two trails around Buriton Chalk Pits - giving insights into the natural history and industral heritage of this site. This project won one of the CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards in 2012 - read article.

Laverstock Mill

Laverstock Mill

Autumn 2013 saw the opening of the Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill, the culmination of many years’ hard work from a number of individuals and organisations. CPRE Hampshire have been supportive of this scheme which skillfully redeveloped this brown-field site into a modern world class distillery. Forming the iconic centrepiece of the finished distillery are two glasshouses, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. An article describing the project was first published in Hampshire Views No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2013) (PDF: 18mb)

Read the article.

Parish Seminars / Neighbourhood Planning

parish seminar

From time to time we run seminars to help Parish Councils and local communities with their current work and to share the latest CPRE developments and resources. It's a great membership benefit, as we offer one free place to each Parish Council and community amenity group who are members of CPRE Hampshire.

In May 2013 we held a seminar 'Community-Led Planning'. Topics included the range of tools available, case studies of parish plans and how to work with your local authority - see the notice and timetable (PDF) for details. See the links on the right for the presentations from this seminar. The agenda reflects the recent focus on localism and neighbourhood planning - see, for example, details of two special events on localism - held in Feb/Mar 2012. Other topics in recent years have been on landscape character assessments and community led schemes for affordable housing.

Three Guides

planning explained responding to planning applications neighbourhood planning guide

As part of our work to support Government's 'supporting communities and Neighbourhoods in planning' project, CPRE has developed three publications which aim to guide communities through the new planning process.

You can download these publications using the links above (or clicking on the images). Alternatively you can order copies through Becky French at the county office.

Localism - CPRE's Role?

We see localism as a unique opportunity for CPRE to play a pivotal role in community led planning. Our Landscape Character Assessment looks likely to provide the structure for the protection of the Hampshire countryside, so we are in a unique position to support Parish Councils where possible. We hope our group structure will provide local support with local issues, and we hope to offer you guidance on the Localism Bill as it's announced. Our PC seminar will focus on Localism and we hope to be working with local groups to support your activities. Membership contributions enable us to offer this support, it adds weight to our voice and strengthens our efforts on behalf of the Hampshire countryside- Please spread the word!

If you need any help in your parish, or would like advice on a specific issue, please do get in touch. We have many 'eyes and ears' looking out for developments across the County, but we need you to inform us of developments in good time, so that we can assess the development and make a reasonable response.

Landscape Character Assessments


Is your area facing a threat to its landscape - a major development or a poorly sited wind turbine, perhaps? With the government's recent decision to devolve power back to local people, Local Landscape Character Assessments (LLCAs) will play a pivotal role in the future planning process in Hampshire. We are encouraging all parishes to complete a LLCA to make sure future development is sympathetic to local desires and needs. 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. Also, we have a guide called Unlocking the Landscape.

Go to Landscape Character Assessments  ::   Unlock the Landscape(Guide - PDF)



There are some resources at the CPRE National Website to help the work in your parish.

  • CPRE New Homes Bonus consultation paper
  • Rural Coalition Briefing on the Localism Bill
  • Get Generating- A renewable energy guide for rural communities
  • Community Rights of Appeal - Case study examples
  • Localism Bill - House of Commons Second Reading
  • Fieldwork magazine - a quarterly magazine with many hints on campaigning

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