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South Hampshire Green Belt campaign gains more support

Posted: 30th July 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire have received a further boost to their campaign for a South Hampshire Green Belt with the backing of a leading landscape organisation.

The Landscape Institute has given their support for the proposal of a South Hampshire Green Belt – seeing this as a strong way to protect the integrity of local cities and landscapes.

Merrick Denton–Thompson, outgoing president of the institute has written in support of the scheme, which if adopted will give legal protection to the countryside it covers. 

Mr Denton–Thompson has cited the adoption of a Green Belt as a way in which greater consideration can be given to future planning and strategic thinking which will ensure the preservation of a vibrant and thriving countryside and community. 

 ‘The strong economic performance of Hampshire is influenced by the quality of the countryside, contributing as it does to the health and wellbeing of everyone, including the strong sense of place and local identity.’

He continued. ‘It is for this reason I am writing in support for the excellent initiative by the CPRE to propose new Green Belt designations in Hampshire.’

CPRE Hampshire is delighted to receive the support of such a highly regarded institution.  The charity Chairman, Dee Haas, said: ‘We are grateful to Merrick Denton-Thompson and The Landscape Institute for their support for our initiative.  The Landscape Institute is a well-respected, professional organisation and we are very pleased that they have come out in favour of this campaign, joining their voice to the thousands of local people who are supporting the idea.  The South Hampshire Green Belt would provide continued protection for areas of local countryside, preventing urban sprawl and ensuring that green spaces remain a place for everyone to use, share and enjoy.’

Next week will celebrate the anniversary of the first adoption of the Green Belt in the UK, show your support for the South Hampshire Green Belt by signing the petition at https://www.change.org/p/protect-south-hampshire-s-countryside

Keep it Green – Support a South Hampshire Green Belt.