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Take Back the Tracks
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In order to protect our staff, and to follow the NHS guidance, the office of CPRE South Yorkshire & Friends of the Peak District in Victoria Hall, Sheffield is closed until further notice. All of the staff are home working and continuing to protect the valuable landscapes of the Peak District and South Yorkshire. You can reach all of the staff via their usual email addresses.

We would urge all of our members, and all those who enjoy the landscapes of the Peak District and South Yorkshire to adhere to the current advice from the Government and from the NHS with regards to staying safe and minimising the spread of the virus.

We will be using our website and social media feeds to keep in touch with all of you – please do follow us on the web, twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Many thanks for your support, do follow the official guidance, and please do take care!

Safeguarding the landscape of Britain’s first national park

Latest News

Bye bye pylons

We are so proud that our ten year campaign has succeeded and we can finally say goodbye to these intrusive pylons spoiling the Peak District view at Dunford Bridge. Earlier this week, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council approved the National Grid [...]

Sprawling development threatens historic village

We’re really concerned about an application to put new housing on and around the Britannia Mill near Buxworth. The Mill site is allocated for housing in the High Peak Local Plan and we have no problem with that as it is a brownfield site, subject to [...]

Application for 300 houses in Loxley Valley

Patrick Properties have submitted an outline application for 300 houses on the old Hepworths site in the beautiful and tranquil Loxley Valley. The proposals will impact on the very high quality landscape in the valley, which is also designated as green [...]

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A Brief History

We began in 1924 as Sheffield Association for the Protection of Local Scenery. In 1927 we became a branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England representing Sheffield and the Peak District. There was no statutory planning control, no Green Belt, and the Peak District was not a national park.

Our first big success came in 1931, when we raised funds to buy the Longshaw Estate and save it from development. We handed it over to the National Trust for future preservation. In 1932 the first Town and Country Planning Act was passed, and six years later Sheffield introduced the very first plans to protect countryside from urban sprawl.

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Take Back the Tracks

Since 2014 the Peak District National Park Authority has issued at least five permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) in order to ‘conserve nature and the quiet enjoyment of the wild landscape’. The bans are on Long Causeway, The Roych, Chapelgate, Leys Lane and Derby Lane, and all exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s but not wheelchairs or electric disability scooters and trampers.

The decisions all follow public consultations in which the Authority received thousands of responses, the majority supporting a vehicle ban in each case.

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