Anyone attending SNUB open meetings will have heard David Hook from CPRE describe so eloquently what has happened to Bristol as it fell victim to urbanisation (you can watch our YouTube video of him in action) and the unabated growth of Milton Keynes shows how development has increased the population there from 40,000 in 1967 to 213,000 in 2008 and is now targeted to grow by a further 110,000 in the next 20 years.
Along with SNUB there are a number of other campaign groups starting out who are working towards stopping large scale development in the area surrounding Norwich. (Hands off Hethersett and Vision our Wymondham are two which have websites worth visiting.)
The new government has pledged to allow residents to decide where they want development in their localities. Communities Minister, Andrew Stunnell recently announced that:
"the Localism Bill will set the stage for the long-overdue push of powers out of Whitehall to councils and neighbourhoods right across the country, and give local communities control over housing and planning decisions. It will help set the foundations for the Big Society by radically transforming the relationships between central government, local government, communities and individuals.
It will also give local people - individuals and community groups - more power over local government and over how public money is spent in their area, and ensure that councillors are more directly accountable to them."
Join your local campaign group and write to your MP and local councillors urging them to stop the urbanisation of the Norfolk countryside.