These days there are numerous petitions on line but the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Charter to Save our Countryside is particularly important and if you only sign one petition this year we hope it is this one. As they say….

England’s countryside is beautiful, irreplaceable and finite. Yet increasingly it is being destroyed by badly planned developments, while local communities are left powerless to protect the places they love. We must stand together to stop the destruction of England’s countryside. Support our three demands.

Don’t sacrifice our countryside
Our open spaces are being destroyed unnecessarily. Previously developed brownfield sites should be re-used first.

A fair say for communities
The cards are stacked in favour of developers. We want a democratic planning system that gives local people a stronger voice.

More housing – in the right places
The country needs affordable homes. They must be sensitively located, with excellent environmental standards and high quality design.

Needless to say, everything they say about the current threats to the countryside also applies to heritage sites so please add you voice here