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Now that lockdown has eased somewhat, our office is now open again and at least one of us will be in the office each day. We’re still all working hard to protect the valuable landscapes of the Peak District and South Yorkshire. You can reach us all via our usual email addresses and we continue to use our website and social media to keep in touch with you. Please do follow us on the web, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Many thanks for your support. Take care!

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Latest News

Wedding venue application in Bradfield Dale

Thornseat Lodge is the crumbling but still imposing Victorian Gothic shooting Lodge on the edge of Bradfield Moors. Long neglected and in serious disrepair an application has been submitted to restore and convert it to five holiday lets. Although this [...]

Plastic track at Midhope Moor

On Midhope Moor at the head of Mickleden Valley an unauthorised new track of plastic matting cuts a broad swathe of what looks like a garden lawn through the blanket bog and heather moorland. It was refused retrospective planning permission two years ago [...]

History repeats itself

Almost 50 years ago, CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire campaigned successfully against a motorway across the Peak District National Park. Today the Park is facing the same threat. The proposed trans-Pennine dual carriageway road, which would have [...]

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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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