What We Do


Across England, CPRE fights for a better future for our countryside. This countryside is unique, essential, precious and finite – and it's in danger.

Every year, a little more is lost forever to urban sprawl, new roads, housing and other developments. Rural shops and services are under pressure and intensive farming is changing the character of the countryside. Climate change, too, will have serious impacts on the rural environment.

Locally and nationally, we stand up for the countryside, protecting it from the threats it faces, and working to shape its future for the better.

We are non-political and do not receive government funding. Nationally, we don't own land or represent any special interests. We're a grassroots organisation, with more than 200 local groups, a branch in every county and 60,000 members and supporters. At the same time, our national office gives the countryside a voice in Westminster, in Europe and in the media. Our local knowledge and national profile means CPRE is effective in tackling both the specific issues that really matter to our members, and the wider challenges the countryside faces.


Our work focuses on:

  • Land use planning
  • Transport
  • Natural resources
  • Farming and food
  • Quality, character and diversity of the countryside
  • Rural services and quality of life

Our work in these areas leads us to support sustainable development – achieving a balance between protecting and enhancing the environment on which we all ultimately depend and achieving economic and social progress. Sometimes it leads us to campaign on issues indirectly linked in the countryside; for example, if the quality of life in England’s towns and cities is not improved people will continue to leave them in large numbers for more rural areas.


We do not stand for a fossilized countryside – we know that it has always changed and will continue to do so. It is likely to undergo major changes as global warming affects the temperature and volatility of our climate. But we want change to be managed and to preserve the things we treasure most about the countryside – its beauty, diversity and tranquillity and its ability to provide us with food and to support wildlife.

To succeed, we rely on our active volunteers, members and supporters.

The Northamptonshire countryside will continue to be eroded by development unless we rally to its defence. That is why we are inviting you to explore our website, and if you agree with us, to.


We are the Northamptonshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. We work to protect the beauty, diversity and tranquillity of the Northamptonshire countryside. We care deeply about the future of rural landscapes and townscapes in our county and the quality of life for the people who live there.

We have over 700 members and 2 district groups. Our members and volunteers come from all over the county and give us a strong local voice in every district.  Our members are individuals, families, Parish Councils, affiliated societies and we also enjoy the generosity of donors.


...are to protect and enhance the character and vitality of the countryside in Northamptonshire for the benefit of all.

Climate Change

We advocate action in response to the challenges of climate change, including measures to reduce carbon emissions and to increase biodiversity

Farming and rural prosperity

We support a prosperous farming community in its stewardship of the land, and the success of rural housing, businesses and services


We encourage access to the countryside in ways which do not harm its landscape and tranquillity



We seek to ensure that all development proposals in the county meet the following criteria:

  • proposals are not harmful to the environment;
  • the sequential release of land, where preference is given to brownfield site
  • our countryside is protected while our towns and villages are regenerated to make them attractive places for all who wish to live there
  • proposals are backed by reliable and affordable public transport and realistic alternatives to new roads;
  • democracy is put back into planning so that the voice of local communities is heard by local planners;
  • adequate infrastructure, including flood protection, is provided in advance of all new developments.

Urban Areas

We care about Northamptonshire’s countryside and villages, but we care equally about Northampton and the other urban areas of the county