JOURNALIST and author Sir Max Hastings, president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, will go into battle today in an effort so save millions of acres of British countryside from building development.
Target for his attack are new changes to the planning laws which the Government is proposing to allow the building of hundreds of thousands of new houses on greenfield sites – estimates have varied anywhere between 500,000 and two million.
"The task of our organisation is to think not merely years but decades ahead to fight to secure the English countryside for future generations, "Sir Max will say in his keynote speech to the CPRE’s AGM.
He will urge ordinary people to mobilise by writing letters, attending public meetings or demanding to see their MPs and local councillors whenever a district is threatened with large-scale development that most local people oppose.
He will add: "It seems to me a fundamental and absolutely proper right that local people should have a real voice in what is done to their own community."