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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:49

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:54

Chairmans letter to the Prime Minister

Richard Bullen our chairman has written to the prime minister raising concerns about building on Hertfordshires green belt

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CPRE Hertfordshire has written to Amanda Foley, CEO at St Albans City and District Council about their latest local plan consultation. This is because in CPRE’s view, the consultation document could be misleading because it claims that the Government has told the Council to build more than 900 homes a year for the period 2020-2036

 

CPRE response to the Hertsmere Local Plan Issues and Options consultation

 

 

Countryside campaigners, CPRE Hertfordshire, welcomed what Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said yesterday in his budget speech about continued protection for the Green Belt. “We are very pleased” said CPRE Hertfordshire’ Chairman Richard Bullen. “We believe that there is great value in the Green Belt. It has been shown over and over again that walking in the country is good for the human psyche. For most in towns and cities, the Green Belt is the nearest accessible bit of countryside to their homes”.

Protecting the Green Belt is something that national politicians having been promising for years. Many will remember Gordon Brown affirming his commitment.

Local politicians seem not to have heard what their opposite numbers in Whitehall and Westminster have been saying though. CPRE Hertfordshire has reviewed all of the local housing plans put forward or in course by the borough and district councils in the county and calculated that at least 40,000 houses will be built in what is today Green Belt land over the next 15 years.

These local politicians often claim that it is national government who is forcing them to put forward plans with housing numbers that leave them no choice but build on the Green Belt.

“We know” said CPRE Hertfordshire’s Chairman Richard Bullen, “that local authority finances are tight. So, they want more business rates and think that more houses will mean more workers for these businesses”.

So, just what is government policy as regards the Green Belt? If it is to be protected, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to over-rule local authority plans and he should use his power to do this if these plans include building on the Green Belt. If he won’t do this, then we have to conclude that Mr Hammond’s statement was so much hot air at least.

“There is such a huge conflict between the words about protecting the Green Belt and what is happening on the ground. If this government is committed to transparency, they should clear up the murky mess that exists now” said CPRE Hertfordshire’s Richard Bullen.

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