The Colne Valley Park was established in 1965 when the previous generation saw its potential to serve communities of west London and neighbouring counties in providing a valuable escape into the countryside. With each passing year, the Park has to fight harder than ever to preserve its precious and fragile landscape against a wave of threats. These include giant infrastructure projects like the High Speed 2 railway line, and proposals for a new runway and further expansion at Heathrow Airport.
There are many development proposals at the moment, it feels like ‘open season’ on the countryside of the Colne Valley Regional Park
We take all professional routes to make a difference to stop these plans and to ensure that if any plans are given permission the developers see the damage their proposals will cause to the local landscape and adapt their plans to reduce and compensate for impact on the countryside. We use local and national planning policies to help justify our case. The government’s warm words on Green Belt but lukewarm actions mean we are not always able to stop every development but the recently revised National Planning Policy Framework makes the call for mitigation easier to justify.