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Bigger role for small builders, councils and housing associations to tackle Gloucestershire’s housing needs

Friday, 02 June 2017 07:51

Dame Janet Trotter (left), Shaun Spiers and Professor Patricia Broadfoot Dame Janet Trotter (left), Shaun Spiers and Professor Patricia Broadfoot Lucy Blyth

2 June 2017

Shaun Spiers, in his last speech as CEO of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), spoke out about the role of developers in rural housing. Shaun was the keynote speaker at CPRE Gloucestershire’s AGM this week.

With the Government’s Housing White Paper recently released, and the continued pressure to meet housing targets, CPRE Gloucestershire is concerned that its countryside will continue to be threatened by poor quality and speculative development from large, private developers.

Shaun said “The big developers simply won’t build enough good quality homes in the right places. If we want well built, carefully located, affordable homes in our towns and villages, there has to be a much bigger role for small builders and for council housing and rural housing associations.”

At this year’s AGM, held at the Royal Agricultural University, CPRE Gloucestershire welcomed Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE as their new Chairman. Professor Broadfoot supported this view by saying, “Shaun’s comments come at a time when the Gloucestershire countryside is coming under a constant threat from housing plans that fail to prioritise the use of derelict and under-used land. And against a backdrop of increasing housing targets, there are no guarantees for the provision of essential infrastructure and affordable housing in the right places.”

CPRE is one of the only organisations in the UK to give the rural landscape a voice against the increasing pressures of urban sprawl, new roads, housing and other developments. Without its members from the general public, CPRE Gloucestershire cannot give its countryside a strong voice. ‘It is good to see our members coming to the AGM. The more members we have, the louder the voice for the rural landscape’, commented Patricia. ‘Now, more than ever, is our time to protect the views we all want to see every day’.

CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) is a charity dedicated to the protection of the rural landscape and rural life for future generations. The Gloucestershire Branch works to protect, promote and enhance our county towns and countryside by influencing planning policy, supporting the views and work of those who live in rural locations and ensuring land is not lost forever to poor quality development.

Notes to editors:

Shaun has led CPRE since 2004. Previously he was chief executive of ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He is Vice Chair of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming, was a founder trustee of Civic Voice and is a member of the policy advisory board of the Social Market Foundation. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside will be published by Policy Press in October. In June, Shaun will be taking up a new challenge, heading up Green Alliance which is coordinating the environment sector’s response to Brexit through the Greener UK Coalition.

Professor Patricia Broadfoot, CBE is taking over from Mike Mackey, as Chairman of CPRE Gloucestershire.

CPRE Gloucestershire’s AGM was held on 30th May 2017 at the Royal Agricultural University. All members were invited to attend and vote to elect Committee members. CPRE is a membership organisation that relies entirely on voluntary membership subscriptions and donations.

If you would like to talk to our Spokesperson, Richard Lloyd (Vice Chairman, CPRE Glos) in more detail then please call Richard on: 07772 744461 or Lucy Blyth (Campaign and Marketing Manager) on: 07976 525239

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire fights for a better future for the Gloucestershire countryside. We work to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. Our members are united in their love for Gloucestershire’s landscapes and rural communities, and stand up for the countryside, so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations.

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