Unprotected landscape

On Monday, CPRE launched a new report mapping English countryside.

It revealed that over half, 55 per cent, of our green and pleasant land is unprotected. This doesn’t include National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and green belt, which the Prime Minister has been keen to reassure is remains safe.

It is precisely this unprotected land which could be at risk if the draft National Planning Policy Framework goes ahead without considerable amendment.

Where there is no Local Plan in place, as is the case for many Local Authorities, according to the draft NPPF there should be a ‘default yes’ to planning applications for (undefined) sustainable development. In the absence of a local plan, and without any kind of protective designation for so much of our countryside, we could see our landscape altered beyond recognition.

Claire Graves, National Trust Senior Press Officer



2 thoughts on “Unprotected landscape

  1. There is a proposed development in Chellaston, Derby that is applying for planning permission to create a Business Park/Distribution Centre on land that is not protected but is currently farmland. It appears it will get the go ahead as there is funding available that will be lost if it isn’t spent by 2014. There are plenty of Business Parks/Distribution Centres and many derelict buildings, brownfield sites in and around Derby without building on farmland.



  2. Why is the National Trust so keen to promote everything that CPRE publishes?

    The CPRE are a campaigning group, and represents a strong ‘NIMBY’ perspective – rather than representing ‘rural England’, they tend to represent the wealthier, older and often incoming middle class that tends to have strong economic self interest behind its position.

    It does the National Trust no favours (unless it is happy to blur its long standing brand) to be so closely alligned to such a partial organisation.

    It suggests a deep weakness at the heart of your planning campaign (and your in house capacity) that you keep doing this.

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