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CPRE Sussex has had a really positive response to its recent appeal, with our members and supporters generously donating over £4,000 towards fighting proposals against damaging developments in the Sussex countryside. Many of you attended the Mayfield Market Town public meeting in October, jointly organised by CPRE Sussex and LAMBS and attended by MPs Nick Herbert and Nicholas Soames. Mayfield Market Town Ltd aims to build a whole new town of 25,000 people in the green gap between Crawley and Brighton. In November CPRE Sussex appealed for support towards the cost of opposing this and other developments through the planning system.

The charity’s Chairman, David Johnson, spoke of his gratitude to appeal donors, saying, “Our thanks go to everyone who has contributed to our appeal. We are very conscious that, as a charity, we rely on our members’and supporters’ generous donations, which are invaluable for achieving our aim of protecting the open spaces that are so highly prized across Sussex.”

Successful appeals such as these mean that CPRE Sussex is in a stronger position to call developers and local planners to account, at a time when the proponents of the new town continue to promote their plans to build over 1,200 acres of Sussex farmland.

For further information on the Mayfields campaign, click here.

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CPRE Sussex has joined those submitting a response to the application by Celtique Energy to drill for oil and gas at Fernhurst, West Sussex. The siteis in the newly created South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty with an important cultural heritage. 

The application SDNP/13/05896/CM can be found on the South Downs Authority's planning portal.

In the response on behalf of CPRE Sussex, chair David Johnson writes:

Nadhim Zahawi, a backbench Conservative MP, has been told to support the Government’s planning reforms or quit as a Number 10 policy adviser.

On Wednesday, Mr Zahawi had warned of “intense attacks” on the countryside by “rapacious developers”. He said the “physical harm” to the countryside as a result of the planning reforms could become “the defining legacy of this Government”.

From the Daily Telegraph, 10 Jan 2014. Read the full article here

The Coalition is preparing to mount a fresh assault on planning laws by giving developers the power to push though applications without the need for council approval or environmental assessments.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:51

Adur flooding: A plea for common sense

The following letter was sent by CPRE Adur & Worthing representative Bill Freeman to local councillors in Adur and West Sussex County Councils, as well as to councils neighbouring Adur, Southern Water, the Highways and Environment Agencies and other relevant bodies:

I am sure every one of us is fed up to the back teeth and dismayed, anxious and frustrated with hearing about the flooding problems here in Adur. I know I am.

Horsham District CPRE submitted a strong response to Horsham District Council's 'Horsham District Planning Framework Preferred Strategy Putting the Economy First' (August 2013) which was open to public consultation between 16 August and 11 October 2013.

17 December 2013

The Government-appointed Airports Commission has included Gatwick Airport in its shortlist of three options for runway expansion.

Reacting to the announcement, Georgia Wrighton, Director of Campaign to Protect Rural England (Sussex) said:

“A second runway at Gatwick, together with sprawling development and car parks anticipated on a massive scale, would concrete over cherished open countryside. A heady cocktail of increased flights, HGV traffic and cars would erode the tranquillity of rural communities, and the health and quality of life of people living under its shadow.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:03

Media release: Gatwick Airport

17 December 2013

Gatwick included in short-list

Joint media release by CPRE Sussec and Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC)

This is no surprise. For the past year GACC has assumed that Gatwick would be included in the short-list of potential sites for a new runway.

Brendon Sewill, chairman of GACC, said: ‘Now the battle is for real. The battle lines are drawn.’

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:43

Durand Academy plans halted

Local campaigners, led by Campaign to Protect Rural England (Sussex) Trustee, Anne Reynolds, were successful in their bid to halt the controversial application to build a 375 pupil boarding school which was turned down at last Thursday’s South Downs National Park Authority planning committee meeting.

See our media release.

Friday, 13 December 2013 08:29

Floods in Adur zone marked for development

13 December 2013


Land at Shoreham Airport earmarked for development by Adur Council flooded last week as photographs taken by a CPRE member on 6 December shows. The Adur District Plan identifies 15,000 sq m of land north east of the airport for potential business development. 

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