Farming and rural communities


CPRE South Yorkshire wants a thriving countryside, where rural communities have local jobs, services, shops, pubs and homes. We campaign for a living and working countryside with communities that are sustainable and more self-sufficient.


We try to bring this about by

  • working on planning applications that affect rural communities
  • responding to consultations - national, regional and local – that could have an impact on rural livelihoods and jobs
  • supporting initiatives which will help the local economy
  • encouraging local food supply chains and local marketing schemes

We link in with other groups that are working to improve rural livelihoods so that we know what is needed, and they know what we can offer. 



Farming shapes rural landscapes. We are particularly concerned about the impact of social and economic pressures on upland farming in the South Penines. Across South Yorkshire, we

  • lobby locally, regionally and nationally to support policies that will properly reward good farming practices
  • work to protect the best and most versatile agricultural land from development and promote its use for agriculture, including energy crops
  • support community agricultural schemes such as allotments and other projects that involve people in food production
  • try to limit too many equestrian facilities in areas where they don't fit the character of the local landscape and where they will lead to other developments, such as floodlighting or new roads
  • support hill farming where it’s the best opportunity to protect local landscapes and wildlife
  • support direct and local sales of locally produced food, including farm shops

For more details, have a look at our food and farming policy