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What We Do

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 Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Council areas. Our aim is to protect the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of West Yorkshire’s countryside for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

Millions of people recharge their batteries with a walk or a bike ride in the local Green Belt, spend weekends and holidays in our National Parks, or enjoy fresh local produce. People who live in rural areas keep our countryside beautiful and productive.

The countryside is a precious commodity and it is under threat. Designated Green Belt across the UK is being eroded through ill-conceived housing development and increasingly through the Local Plan process. We believe that with good design, this country can accommodate housing need, protect the countryside and enhance our environment by mitigating against climate change. We work locally and nationally to stand up for the countryside: to protect it from the threats it faces, and to promote and enhance it, helping to shape its future for the better.

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We want to see:

  • sensitive, sustainable development that protects and enhances our green spaces;
  • thriving cities, towns and villages, connected by excellent public transport and not blighted by road traffic and pollution;
  • environmentally friendly farming and forestry.

We pursue our aims by:

  • scrutinising and challenging planning policies, planning applications and transport schemes;
  • undertaking research and building sound evidence to support our campaigns;
    supporting community groups through training and collaboration;
  • advocating best practice in the design and management of buildings, landscapes and green spaces.