Posted by: dorsetcpre | May 10, 2017

CPRE manifesto for General Election 2017

CPRE’s manifesto calls on all parties in the election to recognise the countryside’s huge contribution to the economy and our sense of who we are as individuals and communities, and to develop policies that will protect and enhance rural areas.

CPRE Manifesto

Dorset CPRE is posting a copy of the spring edition of their magazine ‘The Dorset Review’ with cover letter to all the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in Dorset.

Posted by: dorsetcpre | May 1, 2017

CPRE Recent publications

CPRE National Office publishes a number of reports based on detailed research.  Here is a summary of the most recent reports that can be found on CPRE Resources webpage


The end of the road? Challenging the road-building consensus


This CPRE report reveals that road-building is failing to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, while devastating the environment. It directly challenges government claims that ‘the economic gains from road investment are beyond doubt’; that road-building will lead to ‘mile a minute’ journeys; and that the impact on the environment will be limited ‘as far as possible’. ‘The end of the road?’ report shows how road building over the past two decades has repeatedly failed to live up to similar aims.
The report is based on a study commissioned by CPRE and carried out by consultants Transport for Quality of Life (TfQL), which examined 86 official studies of completed road schemes.


Landlines: why we need a strategic approach to land
This pamphlet argues that the case for a national approach to land use is more pressing than ever by showing that England’s land is under an increasing multitude of pressures. The current, fragmentary approach to land use is failing to address the problems caused by often conflicting demands: environmental degradation, rising costs and harm to health and wellbeing.
Landlines cover pageThe ‘Landlines’ pamphlet brings together a number of experts to argue for greater national coordination on land use, a longer-term approach that can enhance both the environment and the economy. Architect Sir Terry Farrell, UK Committee on Climate Change Chair Lord Deben, and Chair of the Woodland Trust Baroness Young are among those who propose different national solutions for how we use our land.


Sir Terry Farrell CBE, architect and urban planner, said:
“The scale, complexity and seriousness of these issues mean we cannot any longer proceed as before, treating land as a disposable asset. We have now got to plan proactively for rapid and radical change.”


Local Food – What’s the deal?
In the spring edition of our magazine ‘The Dorset Review’ we feature an article on ‘Dorset Local Food Producers’ listing the many good reasons to choose local foods, such as benefits to your health, your community and your local environment. In presenting some of the best for you in this booklet CPRE hopes to encourage you to seek out local food.
Local Food cover page
In 2014, Dorset CPRE decided that we needed to be more proactive in supporting local communities and the businesses that are essential to them, and we launched a campaign to help village shops face the relentless onslaught from the supermarkets. We started to sponsor a class ‘Best Village Shop’, in the Best Dorset Village Competition run by Dorset Community Action. With the latter we also organised a retailing seminar.

If you usually shop only at supermarkets, it could mean making gradual changes to where and how you shop as, with a few worthy exceptions, supermarkets stock low levels of local,food. Shopping around can take a little more time but once you see how rewarding, cost-effective and tasty it can be, you won’t regret it!

Posted by: dorsetcpre | April 13, 2017

Discover your countryside

With the glorious spring sunshine it’s a great time to go out and explore our beautiful countryside.

Join Dorset CPRE as a member and enjoy discounted entry to around 200 of England’s most splendid houses and gardens, either for half-price or two visitors for the price of one.

Mapperton House, Beaminster, Dorset

Mapperton House, Beaminster, Dorset

You will also get our Countryside Voice magazine when you become a Dorset member when you join with just £3 a month. Visit just a few places around the countryside and you could find your savings will soon add up. And you will be helping to protect the countryside we all love and enjoy so much.

The 2017 members guide to attractions, gardens, houses and museums features nine properties/gardens based in Dorset namely, Athelhampton House and Gardens, Edmondsham House & Garden, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Dorset County Museum, Serles House & Garden,  and Wolfeton House.

Please follow this link to Discover your countryside – 2017 members’ guide (4MB PDF)

Posted by: dorsetcpre | February 11, 2017

Housing White Paper: Listening to the Countryside at last?

On Tuesday 7th February, the Government published its long-awaited Housing White Paper. At times we have feared that this would herald a new assault on the countryside and yet another round of developer-driven planning changes. That is certainly what some very well-funded and well-connected organisations and businesses have been pressing for.

Dorset CPRE is hugely heartened that the Paper promises continued protection of the Green Belt, support for more brownfield development, and to address the failures of the housing market as opposed to further meddling with the planning system – all fundamental issues CPRE has relentlessly banged the campaign drum on. There are also proposals to discourage developers from dragging their heels once they have the land and permissions needed to build.

CPRE campaigned strongly for these promises to be a core part of the White Paper, and they are a testament to what CPRE can achieve for the countryside with sound evidence and powerful, patient campaigning. CPRE is now working to influence the consultation on how to calculate the need for new housing.

Housing targets in Dorset
While of course Dorset CPRE, as well as local residents, accepts that there is a need for more housing, especially affordable housing, it does not accept the unduly high number, 73,000 houses currently required by central government to be built in Dorset. It believes that such a number amounts to at least 150,000 new residents and 100,000 more cars by 2033, further squeezing our inadequate infrastructure.

Also, the increasing pressure on our Dorset infrastructure services such as education and the NHS, which already suffers from staff shortage, does not seem to have been taken into account. These staff shortages are largely caused by the high cost of property, now unaffordable for nurses and ancillary workers, arising from a lack of truly affordable housing available.

If we are to protect the countryside and prevent urban sprawl, it is essential that housing targets are local, honest, realistic and deliverable. The outcome of this consultation represents the acid test of whether the Government is able to protect the countryside while meeting its aspiration for more house building.

Supporting local communities
Given these pressures, CPRE is supporting local communities across Dorset in fighting these unsustainable demands by central government for unacceptable housing numbers. The coming months are going to be incredibly busy for us – marshalling evidence, constructing persuasive arguments, and getting our message to the widest possible audience. There is a three month window for CPRE to respond to the White Paper and the consultation on the new housing targets methodology itself.

The full effects of the White Paper will take some time to unfold. Notably, the details of many measures in the paper are interwoven with an expected update to the National Planning Policy Framework later this year and the promise of a new standardised way of calculating Objectively Assessed Housing Need. Both present hazards for the countryside.

If your community or Parish Council is under pressure from developers to destroy your local environment, the atmosphere of your Market Town, AONB or Green Belt, please contact Dorset CPRE who will give as much assistance as possible through the local CPRE groups to ensure that the Urbanisation of Dorset does not go unchallenged.

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