The Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Norfolk) fights for a better future for the Norfolk countryside. We work locally and, with our head office nationally, to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. We are an independent voice for the landscape, engaging with local and regional planning systems to ensure that our views are heard by decision makers. We campaign locally for positive solutions that will support the long-term future of Norfolk – one of England’s most rural areas.
The vast majority of our work is based around our core campaign brief 'A Vision for Norfolk' which aims to bring common-sense solutions to all the issues currently facing the Norfolk countryside - everything from planning, to design, to transport, energy, water resources, tourism, agriculture and more. Read more here.
Campaigning for the Countryside
We’re passionate about making the countryside in Norfolk a better place for everyone to enjoy. Our vibrant team of volunteers works with individuals, parish councils and public and private sector organisations to inspire people to care for the countryside and enjoy the benefits it brings wherever they live. This means we work in a very wide area with climate change, youth engagement and bio-diversity all being vitally important, alongside housing, transport, water, food production, energy and planning both at a local and national policy level.
Through the CPRE Norfolk Awards we reward excellence in local authorities, schools, architectural practices and conservation bodies to highlight and improve public understanding of exemplar projects that enhance the Norfolk countryside.
CPRE Norfolk provides independent expertise on major planning issues affecting the countryside. We provide planning support to parish councils, conservation groups and individuals in the countryside and run seminars and conferences on planning topics.
Challenging Decision Makers
CPRE Norfolk monitors ‘the big picture’ of how the land, coast, skies and communities of Norfolk are developing and engage with decision-makers on an ongoing basis. Our team respond to a wide range of high level planning policy consultations every year and seek to protect the landscape and influence the shape of Norfolk in the years to come. We press Norfolk MPs, councillors, planning departments and other decision makers to support the countryside, safeguard precious and protected areas of Norfolk, promote urban renewal, restrict development on greenfield sites, protect country lanes and preserve rural tranquillity.
Our work at present
Particular areas featuring in our work include: