Mind the Gap!
Every green space between our towns and villages is a lifeline.
The UK is now one of the ‘most nature depleted countries in the world’ according to the recent ‘State of Nature’ report. These ‘green gaps’ are not only vital to our wildlife, they are also fundamental to our own health and well-being.
In Sussex there is no ‘greenbelt’. We have a fantastic national park and two areas of outstanding natural beauty, but so much of the countryside is ‘unprotected’ in planning terms.
The green gaps between our towns and villages are vital – they provide us with local food, space to walk and habitats for wildlife. They are critical for carbon absorption to combat climate change and help to prevent flooding.
We need new homes, particularly affordable homes, but our challenge is to make sure that the countryside we depend upon is not lost whilst brownfield or previously developed sites lie idle.
CPRE Sussex has attended local plan hearings and submitted responses to planning applications wherever we have volunteers in Sussex in order to lobby for the protection of these green spaces. The gaps between Shoreham and Lancing, Ferring and Goring, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and so many more are all under threat. We need your help to fight for the protection of these green gaps and spaces.
We are a small charity with a big remit. A donation of any size makes a real difference. If you are able to help us, please donate on-line at: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/4826.