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CPRE Sussex supports JPI Media’s campaign to protect countryside

14th March 2022

JPIMedia wants to change the way national policies impose unsustainable house building targets across East and West Sussex.

‘JPIMedia’s Sussex titles from Chichester in the west to Hastings in the east have joined together in an effort to open the dialogue about changing the way national policies see unrealistic levels of housebuilding imposed on our councils’ (West Sussex Gazette, front page, 9 March 2022).

‘In a special launch piece, which can be read in full on page 11 of this week’s West Sussex Gazette, we (JPI Media) say ‘our councils are facing huge pressure to deliver on the government’s housing targets. They are often impossible to achieve without concreting over vast areas of green fields. In some cases, even developing every blade of grass will still likely see councils fall short. We believe it is time for change’ (West Sussex Gazette, 9 March 2022).

CPRE Sussex, the Countryside Charity, has pledged its support to the campaign.

For a second week (in the editions of 16 March) the campaign to protect green spaces features in all JPI Media newspapers across both East Sussex and West Sussex.

On the front page of the West Sussex Gazette, under the heading ‘Housing campaign MPs and leaders have their say’, JPI Media reports that Sussex MPs and council leaders have reacted to the renewed campaign to protect green spaces and allow greater powers for our local authorities to determine their own housing needs and figures. Some of West Sussex’s elected representatives have had their say – and some have backed JPI Media’s call for more realistic housebuilding targets for the county’ (see West Sussex Gazette, 16 March, page 11).

There are also letters backing the campaign, including one submitted by the Save Our South Coast Alliance.