Posted by: dorsetcpre | April 14, 2015

Dorset CPRE asks Dorset MP Candidates to support the election manifesto produced by CPRE

The political parties have started to launch their General Election manifesto’s highlighting their positions on key issues.

Stephen Howard, Dorset CPRE Chair of Trustees, has writing to Dorset’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, asking them to support the election manifesto produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

“The beauty of England’s countryside is a world-famous national treasure. But, as short-term economic needs dominate the political agenda, our countryside is under increasing pressure. I am calling for parliamentarians to guarantee the protection of our countryside/local landscape.

CPRE Manifesto cover Hiking on Gowbarrow Fell, Cumbria © Kevin Eaves/ Shutterstock

CPRE Manifesto cover Hiking on Gowbarrow Fell, Cumbria © Kevin Eaves/
Shutterstock

We must ensure that Dorset has affordable rural housing that complements local character, our best quality farmland is used for food, and our rural transport links are maintained.

This can only happen if politicians make the right decisions.

CPRE’s manifesto asks politicians to:

  • Ensure that areas designated for the national value of their landscapes are protected from inappropriate development.
  • Increase delivery of the right housing by investing in affordable housing to meet soundly assessed local needs, and providing incentives for custom-build and small-scale house builders; prioritising building on brownfield sites first.
  • Promote the resilience of the food and farming system by strengthening policies to protect the best farmland from development and to foster the growth of local food economies, from field to fork. We are now seeing solar farms as a major threat to good agricultural land.
  • Ensure that new energy infrastructure minimises local impacts through incentivising renewable energy on buildings and brownfield sites.
  • Enhance people’s experience of the countryside, by committing to monitoring rural tranquillity and dark skies and the policies created to improve them;
  • Champion and deliver solutions to eradicate littering in the countryside, including a national behaviour change campaign.
Affordable and environmentally-friendly new homes in Holne, Dartmoor © Pinnacle Photo Agency, (right) custombuild at Gimingham, Norfolk © CPRE Norfolk;

Affordable and environmentally-friendly new homes in Holne, Dartmoor © Pinnacle Photo Agency, (right) custombuild
at Gimingham, Norfolk © CPRE Norfolk;

Holy Trinity Church, Kingston-upon-Hull © Church of England, (right) Tissington Trail cycleway, Derbyshire © Shutterstock

Holy Trinity
Church, Kingston-upon-Hull © Church of England, (right) Tissington
Trail cycleway, Derbyshire © Shutterstock

Dorset CPRE enthusiastically supports the proposed designation of a Dorset & East Devon National Park, which is gaining widespread support at national and local level. We call on the next government to support and implement this proposal, and to recognise the exciting economic, social and environmental potential of National Park status.

That these landscapes have been recommended in the past, and are again proposed, for National Park status is a measure of the high quality and sensitivity of much of Dorset’s natural and heritage environment.

The proposed Dorset & East Devon National Park [including the Dorset AONB, the World Heritage Coast, and Thomas Hardy’s iconic “Egdon Heath”] would recognise the economic and social value of Dorset’s natural capital, and be a catalyst for sustainable growth and for improved conservation, securing additional public and private funding and investment for the benefit of Dorset’s communities.

If you are elected as my MP in the next parliament, I urge your party to address the issues above. You can see the full manifesto and supporting documents here: www.cpre.org.uk.

We must take this chance to protect the countryside now and for future generations.”

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