Local views being ignored

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THE countryside is increasingly at risk from inappropriate development caused by inadequate planning policies, a weakening of local democracy and a focus on short-term economic growth regardless of the environmental consequences.

The Government’s localism agenda has been seriously undermined and I am deeply concerned that local views are being ignored to the detriment of valued and irreplaceable countryside.

While I recognise the need for economic prosperity, should this be pursued at any cost to the environment?

If we don’t stand up for 
the countryside we will lose it.

I encourage readers to sign the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s new charter which demands better protection for the countryside, a fair say for local communities in planning for the places where they live and work, and more housing - in the right places.

It can be found at www.saveourcountryside.org.uk.

Christopher Mckenna,

West View Road,

Hartlepool.