The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published its manifesto for the 2017 General Election.
The manifesto calls on all parties 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.
The countryside is at risk of being ignored by political parties while they concentrate on the post-Brexit economic settlement. But, at a time when our precious landscapes are under increasing threat from development, it is more important than ever that parties commit to ensuring current and future generations can continue to benefit from the nourishment our countryside gives us.
CPRE is calling for the following commitments in all parties’ manifestos for the 2017 General Election:
- Stronger protection for Green Belts, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Further investment in urban regeneration
- Continued public funding for farming focused on the benefits beyond food
- Reset roads policy with a smarter travel investment strategy
- Reduce waste and pollution by committing to resource efficiency schemes, such as deposit return systems
- Transpose all EU environmental protections into domestic law and introduce an ambitious new Environment Act