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Our campaign successes

Darwin's Green is a beautiful landscape worth protecting. Darwin's Green is a beautiful landscape worth protecting. © CPRE

CPRE works closely with communities, local authorities, national Government and other non-profit organisations to campaign for the protection of the Green Belt. We've achieved a lot over time. Read about some of our biggest wins here.

  • We devised and led campaigns for the creation of the first Green Belts around London and Sheffield in the 1930s, continuing our work and playing a leading role in the most recently created area of Green Belt, around Durham, in the 1990s.
  • Our influence led to controls over new development in the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 and the creation of national Green Belt policy in 1955, both instrumental in bringing about policy still in place today.
  • We were part of a major Government study in 1993 that found Green Belt policy had been strongly effective in fulfilling its primary purposes, including stopping urban sprawl.
  • We successfully campaigned against proposals by the Government to weaken Green Belt policy in both 1994 and 2011.
  • In 2007 our Oxfordshire branch created the Oxford Green Belt Way, a 50-mile circular walk through the countryside.
  • In 2010 we published Green Belts: a greener future, the first and only study of the environmental benefits provided by Green Belt land.
  • We successfully campaigned to ward off threats to Green Belts posed by Regional Strategies in 2009-10 and more recent proposals in Coventry, Durham, Kent, Surrey and York.
  • In 2015, our 60th-anniversary poll showed clear support for Green Belt.

We continue to campaign for Green Belt protection and investment in it. Find out more about how you can support our work here.

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