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Campaign to Protect Rural England

The Campaign to Protect Rural England works to protect local countryside where there is a threat and to enhance it where there is the opportunity. It campaigns for a sustainable future for the English countryside. It highlights threats and aims to promote positive solutions.

Surrey CPRE works hard to protect the Green Belt and countryside of Tandridge. It took part in the Core Strategy examination in June 2008 and afterwards a Tandridge branch was set up. To contact or join the Tandridge branch and/or Surrey CPRE click here


September 2008

We are very grateful to the Surrey branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for the great efforts it made to support the Tandridge Core Strategy.

It is now engaged in a battle to save large areas of Green Belt and countryside elsewhere in Surrey. The Green Belt is seriously threatened in Reigate and Banstead, Woking and Guildford because of massive housing targets set out in the draft South East Plan. Consultation on this runs until 5pm on October 24th. If you object to what's proposed please email the Government Office for the South East. Send emails to rss@gose.gsi.gov.uk by 5pm on October 24th.

We thought this email, sent by a resident, made a lot of good points. You may or may not want to add in your own comments:

"I am writing in reply to the consultation on the Government's response to the Draft South East Plan. I am very worried about the effects the Government's proposals will have on the countryside and green spaces of Surrey.

In particular I object to:

Chapter 4 (11) which proposes that the hubs of Redhill, Guildford, and Woking become 'Centres of Significant Change'.
Chapter 4 (14) which identifies key locations in Surrey for Green Belt review, and puts sites currently within the Green Belt at risk.
Chapter 5 (21) which dilutes the requirement to provide necessary infrastructure.
Chapter 7 (4) which calls for significant increases in housing numbers for several Surrey Districts. For example, the target for Reigate and Banstead has been increased from 387 new homes each year to 562. This total is wholly unsustainable and will ruin the environment and people's quality of life.

I urge the Government to revise the South East Plan so that it can deliver truly sustainable development rather than threatening the Green Belt and countryside of Surrey."

Send emails to rss@gose.gsi.gov.uk by 5pm on October 24th.

Alternatively, you can post your objection letter to: The RSS Team, Government Office for the South East, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4GA or fax it to: 01483 882489

If you want to make more detailed comments on the Plan click here You have to 'Login' and register to be able to take part in this extremely complicated and laborious process.

To read more about the threat to Surrey or to join Surrey CPRE click here