Who we are

The London Green Belt Council is a grouping of about 80 organisations with a concern for the Green Belt around London. These organisations campaign locally against development on Green Belt land and collectively they represent over 50,000 people. Our membership is entirely made up of organisations rather than individuals. There is an annual subscription and a set of London Green Belt Council rules.

The London Green Belt Council meets three or four times annually, usually in Parliament. The Executive Committee meets more frequently. Agendas and minutes are published here.

What we do

Through promoting our messages for the public, politicians and decision makers we aim to ensure everyone is well informed about the vital importance of London’s Green Belt – with a view to ensuring it is sustained into the future. Part of this work also involves challenging those who argue that development should be allowed on the Green Belt. In particular we aim to set out the compelling evidence which shows that there is no need to build on London’s Green Belt and, in fact, that this will be hugely detrimental to London, the South East and the UK as a whole, in the long term.

The London Green Belt Council also aims to provide advice to our members where possible on planning issues. We also respond to important Government, regional and local consultations, occasionally also making representations on planning applications and appeals, though this is largely carried out by the members themselves.

Current membership and how to get involved

We welcome new member organisations who are interested in protection London’s Green Belt.

If your organisation is interested in becoming a member or simply supporting us and hearing about our news please complete a Membership Form or contact us. Although we rely heavily on membership fees to fund our work, the subscription fee is only £25 in order to make it feasible for small organisations to join us.

London Green Belt Council offers the following benefits:

  • Support to protect Green Belt in your area
  • Raising the profile of any threats to Green Belt land in your area
  • Member Updates on key issues affecting London’s Green Belt
  • Being part of a wider campaign which will help to amplify your voice. It will also enable you to join with others in taking action to tackle the wider factors which are undermining London’s Green Belt
  • Invitations to events and meetings, including in Parliament, which provide an opportunity for members to raise concerns with MPs and other decision makers

 

For further information, please contact us or have a look at our London Green Belt Council leaflet – this explains more about our positions, what we do and how to join.

If you are an individual with an interest in protecting London’s Green Belt, we will be offering an Individual Supporter membership category from April. This will offer many of the benefits listed above but without voting rights at meetings. In the meantime, you can get involved by joining a local organisation in your area and help with the work of the council through that organisation.

A list of our 2017 members will be available shortly.

The President, Chair and Executive Committee

The current London Green Belt Council Committee members are:

President: Gareth Thomas MP
Vice-president:  Vacant
Chair: Richard Knox-Johnston
Vice-chair: Kristina Kenworthy
Secretary: John Croxen
Treasurer: Stan Jones
Committee members: Edward Glynn

Barry Knichel

Ray Liffen

John Warren

 

Find out more about London’s Green Belt and its history.