The Essex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

RCCE House, Threshelfords, Inworth Road, Feering , Colchester CO5 9SE. telephone 01376 572023

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The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework is forcing inappropriate and unsustainable house-building commitments on local Planning Authorities.

CPRE’s research reveals plans to build 700,000 houses in open countryside, over 150,000 of them on Green belt. Lobbying to maximise brownfield building will not solve the problem: Brownfield land is running out - indeed has already run out for some LPAs, for example Brentwood here in Essex - and our county is one of those most threatened with incursions into Green Belt and other open countryside. Farmland too is under siege, undermining the country’s food security. So, why these draconian housing targets imposed on LPAs and how are they derived? The answer lies in a calculation used by government to predict housing need; and the single overriding factor driving the calculations and resulting housing targets, which is population growth. This is the elephant in CPRE’s room.

What do CPREssex members think?

CPREssex wants to find out by a very simple poll - asking you just one question:

Do you think the continuing rise in the population of England* is making it increasingly difficult for CPRE to achieve its objective of protecting our countryside?

Please click the link here to download a form to complete and post / email to make sure your view is heard.


After a week of very variable (and mostly damp, if not wet) weather, Sunday 5 October gave CPREssex members who met in Maldon for this year’s AGM a beautiful autumn day with blue skies and warm sunshine.
30 members assembled in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin and enjoyed a brief tour of part of Maldon’s historic Hythe, led by Chris Harvey of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.


The Trust’s two barges, Pudge and Centaur, were in Maldon and Chris was able to arrange a visit on board which formed an enjoyable and illuminating supplement to the talk which he gave on the group’s return to St Mary’s. Several other CPREssex members had planned to arrive later in the afternoon, during and after tea, and so were able to join the business of the AGM.

Chairman, Chris Butler, presented apologies and welcomed all present at what was for many their first opportunity to meet himsince his election at the 2013 AGM. Thanks were

expressed to Brian Cook, the retiring Treasurer and to Tricia Moxey, whose term of office as Vice-Chairman had come to end. Chris was able to tell the meeting that John Bloxsome had agreed to take on the role of Treasurer, to which he was elected unopposed.

Chris then outlined the problems facing CPREssex as the current disarray in the planning system has opened the way for an even greater than usual volume of applications. He then introduced speakers from Maldon whose outline of local proposals gave rise to a lively and

wide-ranging discussion. The afternoon concluded with thanks to all involved including all past and present Trustees and members of District Groups for their time and dedication in maintaining and furthering the work of CPREssex.


Exploring the Essex countryside

Recent research suggests that physical exercise, especially walking in the countryside, is beneficial both for brain health and physical wellbeing. Essex has a great number of ancient monuments, over 500,000 km of protected lanes and an incredible network of footpaths: 38 listed historic parks ands some beautiful villages as well as the UK’s longest coastline! Even on a chilly winter’s day there is no excuse for not getting out into the countryside during the coming months! cyclingImage: www.visitessex.com

Many local authorities arrange programmes of Life Walks along footpaths and there are a wide range of walks organised by the Ramblers’ Association and other societies to help you to explore villages and sample refreshments at pubs or cafes along the way. The Visit Essex website (www.visitessex.com) provides plenty of information about where to go for some breath-taking views of the Essex countryside and where to eat excellent local food too!

Using a digital camera it is possible to capture that special view as a souvenir of your visit, but why not share your thoughts and photos with a wider audience? Send them to us by e-mail -office@cpressex.org.uk - and we will select several to upload to our website so that they can be enjoyed by others.


If you feel that our aims match yours then why not join CPREssex. We need volunteers who have the enthusiasm to promote our campaigns and make sure that our county retains the character and traditions which are appreciated by everyone.

CPREssex is the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.  It is a registered charity (no. 1094178) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, no. 4536412.  It exists to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural Essex by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.

Registered Office: CPREssex, Threshelfords, Inworth Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9SE
Telephone:  01376 572023
Email: office@cpressex.org.uk


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