A total of 275,000 homes are now planned for England’s green belt
April 25, 2016 by Editor
A total of 275,000 homes are now planned for England’s green belt – an increase of nearly 200,000 since 2012, according to research by countryside campaigners.
This map alone says everything that residents have been concerned about ever since the Core Strategy was adopted in 2011.
And now we have the Revision of the Core Strategy for an unspecified extra number.
By entirely circling London and for good measure an extended strip across South Essex it supports either an exodus from London or London coming out to meet us to form a wider Greater London.
If you are concerned about this please share as widely as possible before Voting in the Local Elections on 5 May.
And from the PlanningResource Web Site
According to figures published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the number of homes planned for England’s green belt increased by 50,000 in the last year to hit 275,000.
It added that 11 local authorities finalised green belt boundary changes to accommodate development in the year to 2015.
According to CPRE, green belt policy is “gradually being weakened through loopholes in planning guidance”.
“Under pressure from government to set and meet high housing targets, councils are releasing green belt for new development through a misappropriated ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause,” it added.
Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at CPRE, said: “Councils are increasingly eroding the green belt to meet unrealistic and unsustainable housing targets. The government is proposing to encourage further development in the green belt.
“Our green belt is invaluable in preventing urban sprawl and providing the countryside next door for 30 million people. We need stronger protection for the green belt, not just supportive words and empty promises. To build the affordable homes young people and families need, the government should empower councils to prioritise the use of brownfield sites. Brownfield land is a self-renewing resource that can provide at least 1 million new homes.”