Landscapes for Everyone
CPRE led the formation of England’s biggest landscape campaign in January, encompassing 27 national and regional organisations. The National Trust, Campaign for National Parks, British Mountaineering Council and Wilderness Foundation were just some of the groups joining the largest ever coalition formed to defend our landscapes and promote their importance to our wellbeing, environment and economy.
With ongoing speculative development in and around sensitive areas, such as National Parks and AONBs, CPRE and the other coalition members believe that it is vital for future government policy and funding to reflect the extraordinary value of landscapes. The Landscapes for Everyone vision was supported in parliament by Natural Environment Minister Lord de Mauley, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment Barry Gardiner MP, and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs Baroness
The vision calls for better landscapes for people, better planning for landscape and better places for nature.Launching the shared vision in Parliament, CPRE’s Chief Executive Shaun Spiers said: ‘For far too long, the UK’s landscapes have been undervalued given the understandable focus on economic recovery. But beautiful landscapes and a strong economy go together. CPRE believes that government at all levels needs to do more to ensure our diverse landscapes survive and thrive, and to support local communities in safeguarding them.’
Recognising landscapes Landscape is more than just ‘the view’. We endorse the European Landscape Convention definition which states that ‘landscape means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.’ With increasing pressure for housing, transport and other infrastructure, it is more important than ever that Government policy, funding and legislation recognise the enormous contribution that distinctive, beautiful, characterful and cared for landscapes make to the nation.
It is essential that Government recognises that the health, social and economic benefits which people receive from landscapes are dependent on both the maintenance of high
quality natural assets and improving their accessibility by sustainable means. We must ensure that areas which have been designated for the national value of their landscapes.
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