Chairman’s Message


Dear Members and Supporters of CPRE Cornwall                                          August 2019

Welcome to our website which is making progress although we are aware there is a little way to go!   In the meantime I hope you will find it useful and informative.

We had a very encouraging attendance at our AGM earlier this year and we are continuing to build our team of committee members, volunteers and magazine distributors, including a sub committee specialising in planning.  We have a mission to protect the rural life of Cornwall and in addition are encouraging people to get involved with and enjoy the countryside. The ways we do this are developing and expanding and we are already making substantial progress.

We now have a serious challenge because of the top down requirement of central Government to build 52,500 new houses in the County by 2030, a policy that is being implemented by Cornwall Council

In 2010, the Government National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) resulted in the imposition of the Cornwall Local Plan.  This is being indiscriminately carried out in the form of house building, at the expense of our green countryside which is one of Cornwall’s biggest natural resources. Great damage is being caused to all kinds of our wildlife.  It is hitting the production of food, increasing CO2 emissions and will ultimately damage our tourist industry.

New independent research commissioned by our sister branch in Devon has established that the need for housing has been grossly over stated and is based on out of date over-predictions of population growth.  This is likely to be even more so in Cornwall where thousands of new houses are being built, the vast majority of which are completely unaffordable to the local population.

For over sixty years CPRE Cornwall has been resisting the abuse and industrialisation of this County but now we have to up our game. We can only do that with your help, financially or as a volunteer. We have a worthy purpose but need your involvement to help us stand up for the countryside. Please make contact to help us, along with your ideas and suggestions.

With best wishes


Richard Stubbs, Cornwall Branch Chairman