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Our Green Land by George Beckford

Rural protection. What does it mean?

Not merely preserving the current scene,

Global warming we need to stall,

If the universe is to support us all.


Local Plans properly conceived

For our countryside to be relieved;

Planners made to toe the line,

So planning decisions turn out fine.


Now it's plan, monitor and manage,

All required to reduce the damage,

Sequential approach has been decreed

And affordable housing for those in need.


Development preferred on a "brownfield" site,

With "greenfields" then sewn up tight,

Making the most of urban land,

the countryside allowed to take its stand.


Sustainable, it all must be,

Housing to comply with PPG3,

Density then just fundamental,

And parking space co-incidental.


Key targets set, Best Value obtained,

Windfall allowance must be claimed,

Better design, individual or local,

Architects eyes on these be focal.


Everyday actions more in line,

Progressively green these must define,

Close to home, as well as a broad,

Results will bring their own reward.


One out on a shopping venture

Finds congestion in the City Centre,

perhaps relieved by Park and Ride,

Where cars are left upon the side.


Public transport to provide relief

Convenience there beyond belief

Some might say, while others disagree

And some just resent paying the fee.


Quiet lanes and cycle paths,

Designed for safety, and some laughs,

Speed management another device,

Compliance with which will suffice.


Quality councils, parishes may form

If, to certain criteria, they conform,

Market towns set for regeneration,

With money to fund the inspiration.


With ever step upon the way,

Reduce pollution, remove decay,

It could be large, it might be small,

Please, just don't do nothing at all.


George Beckford - February 2007


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