Who we are
We are CPRE Staffordshire, the countryside charity. We want a thriving beautiful countryside for everyone to enjoy.
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 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We often attend the public examination of such plans as part of our mission to promote, enhance and protect 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, such as the former Alstom factory in Lichfield Road, Stafford. Our volunteer planning advisor attended a number of Planning Inspectorate hearings about the West Midlands Rail Interchange, a massive development in the South Staffordshire green belt.
We’ve also helped to plant trees around the county, and have held several Green Clean litter-picking events to press for the introduction Deposit Return Scheme to reduce littering. Our calendar competition has enabled many talented photographers to showcase their work, and we run an annual awards scheme for conservation and environmental work by schools.
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 us, either as a supporter or as an active participant in our work.