General Election 2017: CPRE calls on candidates to endorse its Manifesto for Surrey

General Election 2017: CPRE calls on candidates to endorse its Manifesto for Surrey

The Surrey Branch of CPRE has issued a “Manifesto for Surrey” setting out policies to protect our countryside and Green Belt. Candidates of all political parties in the General Election are being encouraged to endorse the Manifesto and agree to incorporate its policies in their election addresses.

Here are the CPRE Surrey policies:

● Protect the Green Belt and other countryside and green spaces in Surrey from inappropriate development. 
● Oppose excessive and unsustainable housebuilding figures and ensure that new development meets genuine local need not demand from outside Surrey. 
● Prioritise urban and brownfield regeneration, make better use of existing housing stock, and ensure a significantly higher proportion of well-designed affordable and social housing.
● Ensure that new housing is only permitted where funding is available to provide significant improvements in infrastructure and public services. 
● Preserve neighbourhood character and setting by retaining open spaces, protecting Surrey’s heritage, and through the use of local materials and building styles. 
● Tackle pollution, achieve measurably higher standards in air and water quality, ensure rural tranquillity and dark night skies.
● Promote greater public awareness of Surrey’s biodiversity and natural habitats, including our ancient woodlands, chalk grassland, heathland and wildflower meadows, support environmentally-friendly farming and protect wildlife corridors.
● Re-draw the boundaries of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to bring existing Areas of Great Landscape Value within the AONB. 

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