For over 80 years, CPRE Staffordshire has worked to protect the countryside from inappropriate development. We examine and comment on Local Plans to ensure that developments are in line with the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We often attend the public examination of such plans as part of our mission to protect, preserve and enhance the Staffordshire countryside. We also respond to a considerable number of planning applications, particularly those that threaten the green belt and open countryside, and comment in support of developments on suitable brownfield land. Our volunteer planning advisor recently attended a number of Planning Inspectorate hearings about the West Midlands Rail Interchange
, a massive development in the South Staffordshire green belt. We also support England-wide CPRE campaigns, such as the Green Clean
, to press for the introduction Deposit Return Scheme to reduce littering.
Membership of CPRE Staffordshire is open to all. Members are kept up-to-date on our activities by newsletters issued three times each year. We also organise occasional visits to nearby places of interest, such as the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) near Norbury, and Fordhall Farm near Market Drayton. Anyone who values the Staffordshire countryside is invited to join the us, either as a supporter or as an active participant in our work.