What We Do

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.

What We Do

The Campaign to Protect Rural England campaigns to protect our 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. We aim 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 we think it’s worth protecting. We need to make sure that new policy on the Green Belt is strong enough to protect natural areas. We believe that through good planning and good design, it’s possible to accommodate housing need, protect the countryside and stop 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. If you have a question for us, please do get in touch.

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;
  • Researching 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.

We have published our Annual Report for 2019. This has been sent out in hard copy to members, but is available to view here. It reviews what has been achieved by the branch over the past year, and looks towards the work for 2020.

The social and economic landscape has changed dramatically in recent weeks, but we feel that our aims and objectives for the year can remain constant in these challenging times, even if the ways to achieve them may change. We will continue to work with the people of West Yorkshire to protect and enhance the countryside and make it fit for the challenges of the 21st Century, whatever these may be.

Read our Annual Report for 2019

How You Can Help

Support our work

CPRE West Yorkshire are engaged in Local Plan processes across the area, making sure that the value of the countryside is not overlooked, championing the effective use of Brown Field sites and good planning design for proposed developments that make best use of the resources we have available.

You can support our work by making a donation, becoming a member, or volunteering. You can become a member of CPRE for as little as £3 per month.

Volunteer

CPRE West Yorkshire branch would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering.
In particular, if you have skills in fundraising, media, geographical information systems (GIS) or volunteer recruitment, and would like to help us to campaign and celebrate the West Yorkshire countryside, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Share Your Story

If you have a story to share about campaigning in your local area, or how you celebrate the West Yorkshire Countryside, please get in touch. You can share your stories with us through our project page.

Have Your Say

Make your voice heard by taking part in planning consultations, either on individual planning applications, or on Local Plan processes. CPRE have produced a simple 8 step guide to help you comment on planning applications.

Find out more about our vision for the West Yorkshire countryside and meet the team

Read about our vision for the West Yorkshire Countryside
Meet the Team
Ilkley from White Wells