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80% of Hertfordshire is countryside, much of it in the Green Belt, protecting us from coalescence with London and built areas from coalescence with each other. CPRE Hertfordshire has been standing up for the Hertfordshire countryside for over 80 years.

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Stop development on Green Belt land and prevent de-designation of Green Belt.

We call upon Parliament to fully support measures to stop development on green belt land and to prevent de-designation of green belt land, to halt the coalescence of villages such as Kings Langley into neighbouring towns thus permanently losing their character. Green Belt is under increasing threat and it is time to say 'enough' - no more building on precious open spaces between towns and villages because it is irreplaceable. There are other places to build than on the Green Belt - keep it untouched for the generations to follow. This petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206106 and currently has more than 900 signatures.

There is need for truly affordable housing but we are being forced into planning for far more houses than are actually needed.

The Government’s proposals for calculating local housing need are based on the widely discredited premise that simply building more houses will bring prices down.

The risk is that we end up with planning permissions that more than meet actual need, as opposed to opportunistic demand. This will result in the Green Belt and countryside being lost forever, without solving the problem of providing affordable housing.

CPRE Herts. responses to significant planning applications in December 2017 are stored here

This circular walk of about 5¼ miles starts and finishes in Barkway, which is situated on the B1368 3½ miles south of Royston in the north of the county.

The route takes in the village of Reed with its Saxon church and includes a short detour to enjoy the fine views from the chalk escarpment over the flat land to the north.

There is another short detour to visit the site of a long-abandoned moated settlement, before returning across the fields to Barkway.


This 4.7 mile circular walk in Hertsmere that ventures inside the M25 was devised by CPRE Herts' Trustee Eliza Hermann , and includes some lovely footpaths, spectacular views, and interesting woodlands.

The walk starts and finishes at beautiful Shenley Park which is run by the Shenley Park Trust. You can visit the apple orchard, the wildflower meadow, the walled garden, or stop for refreshments at the aptly named Cafe in the Orchard.


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