About

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is a national charity founded in 1926 and has become over the last 90 years the foremost champion of the English countryside. We have a National Office in London which sets out to influence national policy and to raise awareness nation-wide of the big issues affecting the countryside by mounting national campaigns.

CPRE Devon is an independent separate charity, registered charity number 1175228 and we focus on Devon – its countryside and green spaces.

Our aim remains to protect the Devon countryside in a way that underpins the local economy whilst maintaining all that is best in the balance between necessary development and a tranquil, productive and beautiful environment.  We are the only independent, non-aligned, non political organisation working throughout the whole County to protect Devon’s countryside, green spaces and environment.

Outside our National Office, CPRE is run largely by volunteers who devote an inordinate amount of time and effort, not just to the mass of contentious planning applications that come their way, but to attending Public Inquiries and Appeals on behalf of the membership. The planning system has been changed dramatically by this present Government and we are seeing a tidal wave of proposals for development for large housing projects throughout the County, many clearly being quite unrelated to the actual needs of the local community.

We need your help, both with practical assistance if you have some useful experience or expertise, or by becoming members or donating to our funds to help the many causes we are championing at any one time. It is your countryside and we need all the help we can get.  With more support we can do more to protect Devon’s countryside and green spaces.

Our committed team are as follows:

CPRE Devon Trustees:  Rebecca Bartleet (Chairman);  Hedley Hunter (Treasurer); Pete Finch; Rosemary Jessel;  Ivan Buxton; Phillip Bratby, Mike Scott.

Our President is Professor Nick Groom.   And our Vice President is Robin Hogg.

Branch Director: Penny Mills.  Tel: 01392 966737  email: info@cpredevon.org.uk

Our Branch Plan here sets out our current aims and campaigns, and in addition to a variety of events which we organise throughout the year throughout the County, we hold an AGM to which all members are invited.  Our 2015 AGM was held in Tiverton, our 2016 AGM in Modbury in the South Hams and our 2917 AGM in Hatherleigh.

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