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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

CPRE campaigns to protect our countryside. We believe that 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 covers the 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.

We believe that through good planning and good design, it’s possible to accommodate housing needs, protect the countryside and stop climate change. We connect and encourage community groups across West Yorkshire to collaborate in influencing the planning system.

We work locally and nationally to stand up for the countryside: we want to ensure it can thrive now and for future generations. 

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
  • connecting community groups across West Yorkshire, helping them to respond to planning consultations
  • researching and building sound evidence to support our campaigns supporting community groups through training and collaboration
  • advocating best practices in the design and management of buildings, landscapes and green spaces

In West Yorkshire, CPRE works to protect, promote and enhance our amazing, beautiful countryside. We campaign to connect people to their countryside and empower them to shape it. We aim to demonstrate how immensely varied and valuable it is and defend it against threats, including inappropriate developments. We want a countryside that is fit for the 21st century and rises to the challenges posed by climate change.

Our vision

How you can help

Support our work

CPRE West Yorkshire engages in local plan processes across the area, making sure that the value of the countryside is not overlooked, championing the effective use of brownfield sites and good planning design for proposed developments that make the best use of the resources we have available.

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


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 the local plan processes. CPREs helpful 8-step guide to commenting on planning applications is a useful document.

Find out more about our vision for the West Yorkshire countryside