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Packed public meeting in support of Green Belt

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:56

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A packed public meeting in Luton heard from leading countryside campaigners about the unprecedented threat of development on Green Belt land in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and its impact on communities.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) branches in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and The Chiltern Society shared the stage with CPRE’s national chief executive Shaun Spiers, followed by contributions from a 150-strong audience.
Shaun Spiers spoke of the attack on Green Belt land across England and revealed that building on brown field sites - previously developed land in towns and cities - could provide a million new homes.

CPRE Hertfordshire’s Honorary Director Kevin FitzGerald said that local strategic plans which had been published so far showed that up to 34,000 homes would be built in the Hertfordshire Green Belt. Two plans yet to be published were expected to include a further 10,000. He said that a CPRE nationwide survey of threat to the Green Belt shows that the threat to Hertfordshire is greater than that to much larger areas such as West Midlands or Yorkshire.

Members of the public asked how this could be happening when government ministers, including the Prime Minister, had issued several statements pledging their commitment to protecting the Green Belt.

The meeting ended with a “Call to Arms”, supported by district councillors in the audience, urging the public to raise the issue with council and parliamentary candidates in the forthcoming elections.

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