Current problems addressed by the London Green Belt Council

We have written letters of objection to two applications for unjustified development in the Green Belt. One is for a development of up to 476 houses west of Cuffley in Hertfordshire.  The text of our letter is here The other proposal is for a Dementia Care Community on a site adjoining Harefield hospital in Hillingdon Borough.  The developers argue that very special circumstances exist because there would be synergies between the work done at the hospital and the work of the Hospital.  We consider that the argument is not well founded.  The text of our letter is here … Read more

Government Policy on Green Belts

On 6th October 2014 DCLG issued a Press Release announcing changes to Planning Guidance on Housing and economic land availability assessments.  In the Press Release the Secretary of State said:  This government has been very clear that when planning for new buildings, protecting our precious green belt must be paramount. Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see the vital green lungs around their towns and cities to unnecessary development. To see the Press Release, which contains a link to the Guidance revision, click here As we considered that the revision to the Guidance should be … Read more