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Friday, 30 May 2014 08:01

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Our charter asks for:

• regeneration to unlock brownfield land
• the creation of thriving and distinctive places
• a fair voice for local communities in planning
• smarter development – the right development, in the right place

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Below are six key commitments that we believe are essential to protect and enhance valued countryside. We want politicians to take them on board. 

Our commitments

PROGRESS FOR SUSSEX

Forward-thinking development that ensures the environment is resilient and able to absorb the demands we place on it – ‘Smart-growth’ – is the way forward to make meaningful progress.

To do this we need to unlock brownfield land and link sustainable transport with the regeneration of towns and villages as healthy, distinctive, vibrant places to live and work.

We want to see places created that will be a joy to live in and visit now and in the future.

Key commitment

We believe in a holistic vision for town and country, liberating brownfield sites for regeneration, promoting high quality design, excellent environmental standards and distinctive places.

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HOUSING FOR EVERYONE

Genuinely affordable housing is a priority; backed by communities, provided by Community Land Trusts, local co-operatives and housing associations. Sprawling ‘clone’ market developments with a handful of mean spirited affordable homes are a serious failure to invest in our future.

Truly affordable housing integrated and in character with existing settlements is the way forward.

Key commitment

We believe that in rural areas genuinely affordable housing developed by local providers, in tune with the character of villages and towns, should be the priority over sprawling market housing developments in the countryside.

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ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

As citizens we all have a responsibility to use our voices and votes actively to protect our countryside now and in the future.

The countryside is there for everyone – whether for its environmental, social or economic value.

Local people know and love their local areas and care about the long term future of these places, well beyond the short-termism characterised by the current national market driven approach. Visitors often become attached to special places so can add their voices to protect such areas.

Key commitment

Local people must have a strong voice to ensure future- proofed decisions: innovatively designed development with excellent environmental standards, in the right place, to meet people’s needs.

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NEW SENSE OF STEWARDSHIP

The countryside needs protecting and cherishing to be fruitful – both for our own sake and for the wildlife and rich ecosystems it can support. We must embrace a ‘new sense of Stewardship’, helping farmers and landowners to work smarter so that they can deliver our food and development needs while respecting the land that is vital for our health and wellbeing.

Key commitment

Funding schemes that support farmers to nurture biodiversity and protect the environment must be strengthened, enhanced and monitored to make sure they produce the results we all want.

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GETTING AROUND LIGHTLY

Getting around is vital, but it is in all our interests to protect the character and tranquillity of cherished Sussex countryside.

Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick represent a major threat without clear benefits for local regeneration.

Air and noise pollution, HGV and car traffic will hugely increase coupled with unprecedented concreting over of the countryside for new housing and business development.

We believe there is enough runway capacity already, there is no need for a new runway anywhere.

A responsible approach is to invest in rail travel as a more sustainable option for viable journeys within UK and Europe.

Roads are a vital artery in Sussex life, but in recent times plans for major new roads have posed grave threats to areas of wonderful countryside which once under tarmac are gone forever. We cannot provide for unlimited traffic demands without severely damaging the countryside. Air and noise pollution diminish quality of life and emissions contribute to a more chaotic climate.

We want to see better local rail links, along the coast and linking towns - and to London from coastal towns in need of regeneration. Faster and direct links are vital.

Key commitment

Positive investment in sustainable transport is the responsible way to better connect Sussex, avoiding unnecessarily damaging airport and road expansion.

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ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE

Energy developments are increasingly controversial and challenging. There is no silver bullet to meeting our long-term energy needs. A mix of sources is inevitable.

Energy efficiency must be prioritised in all new and existing buildings to reduce use and dependency.

Renewable energy is a priority to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The right place for renewable energy is roof space for solar panels and wind farms where they are sensitively planned to protect our most precious landscapes.

Fracking, a fossil fuel supply, and the current rush for gas risks irreversible damage unless there are cast iron guarantees that it can be made safe. It risks harming the character and tranquillity of our villages, and without a strong community voice local impacts could be overlooked. As a result, the health and wellbeing of our rural communities is hanging in the balance. Nationally designated landscapes are our most precious asset and it must be clear that fracking has no place in these areas.

Key commitment

For a positive future, energy developments must be well planned and policed to avoid irreversibly damaged industrialised landscapes. The health and wellbeing of people, wildlife, natural eco-systems and agricultural land for future food security must surely come first.

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Front page photo © Simon Ingram

Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:10

Charleston Farm, Firle

Saturday June 14th 2014 at 2.45pm

LEWES DISTRICT CPRE

A visit has been arranged to Charleston Farm, Firle BN8 6LL
by very kind invitation of Mr Tom Gribble

Charleston Farm is on the right of the A27c oming from Lewes signed to Charleston Farmhouse just past Middle Farm. On the approach the road is marked in red.

It is a family run farm at the foot of the Downs which keeps a herd of 160 autumn calving Holstein/Freisian milking cows (milking will be in progress). On their adjoining farm in Beddingham the family have a beef herd and sheep.

The farms are in the Entry Level Conservation Scheme and pay careful attention to the preservation of hedges, and field boundaries etc.

Please let us know if you intend to come by returning the slip below to Mary Greenwood, Lilac Cottage. Norlington Lane, Ringmer BN8 5SH or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Photo © JR P

 

16 May 2014

The following letter was published in the Mid Sussex Times in response to claims made by Mayfield Market Towns Ltd:

In last week’s edition you publish a report that a new 10,000 house town near Henfield and Wineham that is being promoted by developers, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd, would destroy the habitat of an important barn owl population.

The would-be developers claim that the real issue is whether their new town there would provide a better solution to delivering much needed new housing for local people. This claim perpetuates two myths - firstly, that there is an accepted local need for a new town on the southern borders of Horsham and Mid Sussex, and secondly that its proposed location is suitable and sustainable.

Neither is true. Both Horsham and Mid Sussex District Councils are in advanced stages of developing long term plans for their Districts: neither of their plans calls for any new market town to meet their Districts’ housing needs. As to location, it is difficult to envisage somewhere less suited to a mega-development than the lovely open countryside around Wineham with no significant local unemployment, with no road, rail or other infrastructure, and on low lying fields prone to flooding from the Adur. Not to mention the barn owls, nightingales and other wonderful wildlife.

We challenge Mayfield to publish the ecological and flood reports that it claims to have commissioned so that we can all judge for ourselves.

Michael Brown

Trustee, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch 

16 May 2014

The following letter was published in the Mid Sussex Times in response to claims made by Mayfield Market Towns Ltd:

In last week’s edition you publish a report that a new 10,000 house town near Henfield and Wineham that is being promoted by developers, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd, would destroy the habitat of an important barn owl population.

The would-be developers claim that the real issue is whether their new town there would provide a better solution to delivering much needed new housing for local people. This claim perpetuates two myths - firstly, that there is an accepted local need for a new town on the southern borders of Horsham and Mid Sussex, and secondly that its proposed location is suitable and sustainable.

Neither is true. Both Horsham and Mid Sussex District Councils are in advanced stages of developing long term plans for their Districts: neither of their plans calls for any new market town to meet their Districts’ housing needs. As to location, it is difficult to envisage somewhere less suited to a mega-development than the lovely open countryside around Wineham with no significant local unemployment, with no road, rail or other infrastructure, and on low lying fields prone to flooding from the Adur. Not to mention the barn owls, nightingales and other wonderful wildlife.

We challenge Mayfield to publish the ecological and flood reports that it claims to have commissioned so that we can all judge for ourselves.

Michael Brown

Trustee, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch 

March 2013

Responding to the government’s Strategic Environmental Assessment environmental report for further onshore oil and gas licensing,  CPRE National Office have issued a 14 page document raising fundamental concerns about shale gas exploration and extraction, otherwise known as "fracking".
The report, downloadable below, warns that:

10 March 2014

Last Sunday residents of the picturesque village of Warnham turned out in force to illustrate their anger at Gatwick’s new flight path trial that had been forced over their historic parish without warning.

Over 300 people of all ages as well as residents of Rusper, Slinfold, Horsham, councillors, CPRE and GACC representatives, gathered outside the parish church to hear their local MP, Rt Hon Francis Maude, offer words of support.

10 March 2014

Last Sunday residents of the picturesque village of Warnham turned out in force to illustrate their anger at Gatwick’s new flight path trial that had been forced over their historic parish without warning.

Over 300 people of all ages as well as residents of Rusper, Slinfold, Horsham, councillors, CPRE and GACC representatives, gathered outside the parish church to hear their local MP, Rt Hon Francis Maude, offer words of support.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:38

Thakenham update: a poor precedent

18 February 2014

This is the sad tale of a campaign group's failure to protect the character of the village of Thakeham.

For over 15 years Thakeham Village Action (TVA) has tried to prevent the land in and around Abingworth Nursery from becoming a large housing estate. Thakeham is a small village of some 300 houses (the parish in total has some 700 houses). Land which has been used for more than 100 years for mushroom growing was bought by a property development company and recently they have succeeded in gaining permission for 146 houses in what Horsham DC acknowledges is an inappropriate and unsustainable location.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:18

CPRE Sussex: your priorities

In December we asked you to complete a short survey about your priorities on several key issues facing Sussex. Amazingly, within a few days almost 200 of you - members and non-members - had completed the survey. Thanks so much for taking part.

The results of the survey? See below.

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