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2012 Annual General Meeting a Success

Monday, 29 April 2013 21:12

The Leicestershire CPRE Annual General Meeting for 2012, held in Kibworth Beauchamp, was a great success.

The evening blended business and fun, with presentations by CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers and local “cheese lady” Jean Morris, who spoke engagingly about the history of Long Clawson Stilton (link to other article). In addition to the presentations the meeting featured elections, a presentation from the board, and a prize draw sponsored by NFU mutual.

We were pleased to welcome Shaun Spiers for his first visit to the branch. Shaun discussed the national context of CPRE's work, discussing the major issues facing the charity and all citizens concerned with planning and the integrity and beauty of rural England. He particularly identified concerns around the implementation of the new National Planning Policy Framework, and discussed the role that CPRE is playing in monitoring the development and implementation of the NPPF. Shaun also updated us on the activities of the National CPRE Task and Finish Group on Housing, which included CPRE Leicestershire member Richard Windley.

The meeting also featured a report from Chair Tony Stott which highlighted the many activities undertaken over the course of the busy 2011-2012 year. On the whole it was a busy and challenging year. In spite of the difficult national economic situation CPRE Leicestershire was able to improve its financial position. The Branch participated in the Planning Roadshow and helped to deliver planning workshops locally, helping to give local people the tools to participate in the planning process. The branch also issued a formal response to the National Planning Policy Framework, identifying issues with the document. In addition CPRE Leicestershire helped to support the work of Richard Windley with the Rural Housing Enabler, which has had an extremely successful year. In addition to this the Branch and dedicated CPRE volunteers have responded to many individual planning applications and expressed concern at the continued lack of a local plan in Charnwood.

The beautiful photos from last year's Leicestershire Landscapes photo contest (displayed at the AGM for the enjoyment of all members) were displayed in Newtown Linford at the annual Scarecrow Festival. On the whole CPRE Leicestershire has had an active year marked by several successes, communicated to the members through the publication of two Newsletters generously sponsored by NFU Mutual. However, the Chair and Volunteers regret that they have not had the resources to be equally active in all areas of Leicestershire and that local planning applications may therefore have gone unanswered. The Chair appealed for members from around Leicestershire to become involved as volunteers and to help make 2013-2014 an even more successful year for CPRE Leicestershire. If you would like to get involved, email info (at) cpreleicestershire.org.uk for more information.

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