Nick Crane joins Hertfordshire countryside campaigners
PUBLISHED: 18:44 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013
CPRE Vice President and Television Presenter Nick Crane joined the call to arms for all countryside lovers in the battle against the threats embedded in the Draft National Planning Policy Framework when he spoke to members of the CPRE Hertfordshire
Speaking at CPRE Hertfordshires Annual General Meeting, CPRE Vice President and Television Presenter Nick Crane joined in the call to arms for all countryside lovers in the battle against the threats embedded in the Draft National Planning Policy Framework.
The NPPF is out for consultation until 17 October. CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hertfordshire is urging everyone who loves the county both to contact their MPs with concerns and to respond to the cousultation. Unless we act now, the planning system and its ability to protect the countryside will be irrevocably undermined.
Earlier CPRE Hertfordshires Hon. Director, Kevin FitzGerald, told 60 members and guests, Far from being knee-jerk reactionaries against changes in planning, CPRE was in fact a prime mover in the changes which brought about the Town and Country Planning Act and the creation of the Green Belt we all cherish.
'The presumption in favour of development in the NPPF means protection will be removed from ordinary countryside which will then be up for grabs. Huge swathes of the Hertfordshire countryside are in danger.
'If a local council has not got its core strategy in place all planning applications will have to be approved. Thanks to the complexities of the system hardly any of the ten local councils in Hertfordshire have completed the process.
In his talk, Nick Crane described how as a child he discovered adventure in the ordinary fields which gave him a lifelong love of tranquility and interest in geography and the history of the countryside.
Of the NPPF he said, The NPPF talks about sustainable development. Its definition of sustainable is that what we do to meet out needs must not stop future generations from being able to sustain their need. How can building on greenfield sites provide for my childrens needs in the future in terms of food, water, bio-diversity, recreation and aesthetic purposes?
This is a stand up and be counted moment for everyone who cares about the countryside. Hertfordshire is a beautiful county and it is in the front line. Much more joined up thinking is needed when we think about the irreplaceable resource which is our countryside.
Visit http://www.cpreherts.org.uk/ and follow the front page links Ask Your MP to say No to growth at any cost and Respond to the consultation to find out more about this vital issue and make an online response. Useful information for paper responses is also available via the links.