Thanks to our members who shared their thoughts about the Housing White Paper with us.
Our key messages are:
- While we welcome the strengthening of the requirements to fully explore alternatives to developing on Green Belt land, they are worded in a a way that could justify the use of Green Belt land.
- Unless Green Belt is accepted as a constraint in meeting housing need, the Green Belt will remain under threat.
- We have considerable concerns about the impact that the five year cycle of Local Plans will have on the Green Belt’s permanency.
- There needs to be a long term strategic plan which should only be reviewed every 20 years to allow forward looking strategies to be developed and carried out in order to create a more attractive and well-used Green Belt. We advocate an overall authority for the London Green Belt which could provide co-ordination and would have to be consulted and give approval for any development in the Green Belt.
Our full response can be found here
What can we do now?
Our work in influencing the outcome of the consultation does not end here! We know that bank bench MPs with Metropolitan Green Belt in their constituencies are looking at ways in which the Housing White Paper could do more to protect and enhance the Green Belt. The General Election provides us all with an enormous opportunity to keep the Green Belt at the forefront of their minds so make sure you let your local candidates know that support for the Green Belt is a vote winner.
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LGBC Members have your say! The LGBC Housing White Paper Consultation will run until April 24. Our Press Release about the White Paper can be found here LGBC will be preparing a full response to the White Paper and intends to fully engage with any consultation on calculating housing targets. We want to ensure that our response reflects the views of our members. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday April 24 to share with us one or more of the following: 1. Any responses from or discussions within your organisations about the White Paper. 2. A response to the Question 10 posed by the … Read more
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In the recent Queen’s speech, the government’s pre-election commitment to protect the Green Belt was reiterated but with little further detail. However, in partnership with eight CPRE branches in and surrounding London, the London Green Belt Council (LGBC) has just published a map of the extensive threats from development to London’s Green Belt. It shows nearly 200 threatened sites along with proposals to build 118,000 homes. There is a clear mismatch between the government’s commitment to protect our Green Belt and the impact of its policies on the ground. We believe that our MPs will want to understand this mismatch so … Read more
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