Our marine area is becoming increasingly busy, with more shipping, military training, fisheries, energy production, port development and aggregate extraction. This is placing pressure on what's left of the beauty and tranquillity of our coasts which are such an important part of our quality of life and national identity. CPRE supports this manifesto for a robust marine planning system that extends the protection that we have for our landscapes to our seascapes.
How to prepare a Community Landscape Character Assessment
Community Landscape Character Statements can help to put landscape character at the heart of the local planning system. We have prepared this Step-By-Step Guide to get you started and show the process and benefits of preparing a Statement. Order the full 'Unlocking the Landscape' action pack for more detailed guidance on community involvement and compatibility with the planning process.
A CPRE response to Defra's discussion document on the natural environment
In CPRE's contribution to shaping Defra's Natural Environment White Paper 2011, we challenged the Government to set out an ambitious landscape-scale approach to conservation, putting existing protected areas and wildlife sites at its heart. This consultation response explains CPRE's belief that the process must be closely integrated with planning reform, while recognising that the intrinsic value of the natural environment is every bit as important as the ‘ecosystem services’ it offers.
This report sets the foundation for our work on landscape, providing a clear definition of what is meant by countryside character and describing how it can be promoted through recent policy developments. The report also provides powerful illustrations of the value of England’s diversity of landscapes.
The first year of the Natural Environment White Paper: is the ambition being realised?
CPRE lobbying ensured the Natural Environment White Paper included support for action on tranquillity and light pollution and recognised the role of voluntary activity in tackling litter. Our influence meant it also gave support for local community engagement in landscape planning, recognised the importance of landscape character and created Local Nature Partnerships to help communities improve their environments.
One year has now passed since The White Paper was published and this briefing by Wildlife and Countryside Link reflects the view of CPRE and 11 other leading environmental NGOs that three key concerns could prevent its ambition from being turned into real change.