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Dorset CPRE is delighted to announce Kate Adie as its new President

Peter Neal, Dorset CPRE Vice-President, with Kate Adie, Dorset CPRE President Peter Neal, Dorset CPRE Vice-President, with Kate Adie, Dorset CPRE President Rupert Hardy

24th November 2023

We are absolutely delighted that Kate has agreed to be our President and she will be a great ambassador for our charity

Press release

The Dorset branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomed its new President, Kate Adie, as well as Roger Mortlock, new Chief Executive at National CPRE, to its 86th Anniversary Annual General Meeting last week.

Kate Adie, who has lived in Dorset for over 12 years, spoke about her passion for the countryside having first fallen in love with the countryside while growing up in Sunderland. She talked about the way the world is changing and keeping modern farming in harmony with the countryside. She said: “We lead busy lives, we need to make our mark, stand up for our principals and be happy to have a chance to help it."

Peter Neal, Dorset CPRE Vice-President, who chaired the AGM said: “We are absolutely delighted that Kate has agreed to be our President and she will be a great ambassador for our charity.”

Roger, who joined CPRE in May 2023 after 15 years in leadership roles for environmental charities, spoke of the challenges facing the CPRE as it campaigns on many fronts to protect the countryside. With a general election in 2024, CPRE is calling on all political parties to recognise the true value of the countryside. The CPRE manifesto for the countryside includes a focus on a planning system with democracy at its heart, properly balancing our use of land to meet the needs of people, planet, and nature as well as prioritising development on brownfield land. It also calls for genuinely ‘affordable’ housing linked to local incomes and to make solar panels a standard requirement for all suitable new build housing, commercial buildings and car parks to secure planning permission.

Dr Guy Dickinson, Vice-Chair of Dorset CPRE’s Trustees, spoke of the problems facing Dorset in particular. The countryside, Green Belts and National Landscapes (new name for AONBs) are under threat from development. He said: We strongly oppose any attempts to redraw the boundaries of either. We believe, as we always have, that new houses should be built on Brownfield rather than Greenfield sites.” Looking ahead to 2024, BCP Council is pushing on rapidly with its Local Plan which is likely to be released for public consultation in the new year with a view to adoption by late 2024. Dorset Council has delayed publication of the next version of its Local Plan until late 2024 and is aiming for the new Local Plan to be adopted in spring 2026.

Dr Guy Dickinson went on to thank the dedicated local CPRE members. He said: “A huge contribution is made by our volunteers in examining and responding to planning applications, assisting with campaigns, attending and speaking at planning meetings, writing articles and responding to consultations.”

 

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