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Welcome to CPRE West Yorkshire

The Campaign to Protect Rural England fights for a better future for your countryside. We believe that a beautiful, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live, and we stand up for good decision-making about developments that affect it.

The West Yorkshire branch is focused on countryside issues in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Council areas but, as true Yorkshire men and women have always done, we also identify with the Moors, Dales, Vales, Towns and countryside of the whole of the historic County of Yorkshire. 

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Latest News & Campaigns

  • Kirklees Local Plan hearings – Stage 4

    The Programme Officer, Yvonne Parker, announced today that the Kirklees Stage 4 hearings will take place on 12 days, spread over 3 weeks between mid-February and mid-March 2018. Stage 4 relates to the specific site allocations for housing and industry. The first 2 days will focus on general matters in part 2 of the plan […]

  • Sajid Javid threatens to intervene on Calderdale Local Plan

    Two Councils in Yorkshire, Calderdale and York, have been served notice of possible government intervention after missing deadlines and failing to make progress in producing a local plan. In a letter to the councils, communities secretary Sajid Javid said planning authorities are required to publish a Local Development Scheme under the Local Plan Act 2004, […]

  • Local Plans – new guidance on Housing Numbers

      We are currently involved in Public Examinations for the Kirklees Local Plan and the Leeds Site Allocations Plan. However, the ground has just shifted beneath them quite dramatically. The long-awaited government guidance on standardising the method of calculating housing requirements was published in September. The crucial difference is that housing need should be based […]

  • Calderdale Local Plan – our response

    CPRE has just submitted its response to the Initial Draft of the new Calderdale Local Plan. The Plan envisages almost 17,000 new homes being built by 2033, of which 70% would be in the Green Belt. This will have particular impact on the Brighouse and Rastrick area, where two ‘Garden Suburbs’ are propsoed close to […]

  • Do green gaps and green spaces constrain housing supply? The Supreme Court says ‘no’.

    A welcome Supreme Court ruling is the latest twist in an ongoing battle over the legal definition of key paragraphs of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) affecting Local Plans’ control over where new housing is built. Suffolk Coastal District Council and Cheshire East Borough Council jointly brought a case to the Supreme Court, challenging […]

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