We campaign within the statutory planning system – and outside it.

Good planning can help slow the growth in road traffic, curb urban sprawl, safeguard wildlife habitats and protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside.

We screen planning application made in the Peak District and surrounding areas and raise the alarm when the countryside is threatened, sometimes taking cases to appeal, public inquiry, and the courts if we have to.

What else we do

  • We act as an independent ‘critical friend’ of the Peak District National Park Authority
  • We take part in consultations and influence local and regional plans in favour of the countryside and sustainability
  • On average, we have made a difference to over 80% of planning decisions that we have commented on over the last five years
  • We publicise important issues through the local press and radio and through our own events and publications
  • Locally we work with individuals and communities – residents’ associations, parish councils and pressure groups – advising on the planning system, on campaigning tactics and attracting publicity
  • Sometimes problems can only be resolved by changes in government policy or legislation. We are part of two influential national networks: Campaign for National Parks and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  • We don’t just campaign against damaging developments – we campaign for positive practical alternatives
  • We campaign for appropriate and well-designed development in the countryside (see our Planning and Sustainable Developments Policy
  • We work to encourage green farming and sustainable land-use policies

Our Planning Policy

You can download a copy of our Housing, Planning, and Sustainable Development Policy.

Our Campaigns