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Kings Langley petition to stop development on green belt land

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:13

Kings Langley Kings Langley

Stop development on Green Belt land and prevent de-designation of Green Belt in Kings Langley.

We call upon Parliament to fully support measures to stop development on green belt land and to prevent de-designation of green belt land, to halt the coalescence of villages such as Kings Langley into neighbouring towns thus permanently losing their character. Green Belt is under increasing threat and it is time to say 'enough' - no more building on precious open spaces between towns and villages because it is irreplaceable. There are other places to build than on the Green Belt - keep it untouched for the generations to follow. This petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206106 and currently has more than 900 signatures.

Kings Langley Parish Council is working hard to prevent proposed new developments on four green belt sites within the village boundary.  We are a village just off Junction 20 of the M25, and if these developments go ahead it would be mean the coalescence of Kings Langley into two neighbouring towns of Watford and Hemel Hempstead, as well as significant loss of one of the last few remaining dairy farms in Hertfordshire, along with the fields, trees and wildlife that locals and visitors so like to see and enjoy as recreation areas.

A Kings Langley Parish Council-organised Village Poll last month saw a truly fantastic turnout from residents within the boundary of the village, resulting in a 99% vote against the development plans being consulted on by local Borough Council (Dacorum) for some potential three thousand new homes and commercial properties.  This was despite the snow on the ground, a queue outside one of the polling stations of more than an hour,  plus Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) allowed a period for voting of only 5 hours, no postal voting was permitted by DBC, and very limited proxy voting availability, and in addition, polling cards not turning up in some cases until the day of the vote.

Local Member of Parliament the Right Honourable Sir Mike Penning is fully supporting Kings Langley Parish Council in its bid to prevent green belt housing development, and has already signalled his firm intention to bring both the online petition and a separate written petition before the Houses of Parliament.

I believe that CPRE has the ability to bring the online petition to a wider audience and would be grateful to know if you are able to promote this.  I am aware that the petition mentions Kings Langley as a case in point, but that does not stop anyone anywhere signing this if they believe that villages such as Kings Langley, or any towns, should have its green belt protected better from developers.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully, Sandra Jackson. Parish Councillor.

 

 

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