Richard Knox-Johnston attended a high profile event held by the RTPI in the run up to the London Mayoral 2016 election. Raising questions from the floor, Richard challenged the idea that London’s Green Belt must be released for housing to be built on it, pointing out that many thousands of houses which have been granted planning permission are waiting to be built, that there are plenty of brownfield sites aside.
It was standing room only at the Epping Society meeting on the Green Belt, as an audience of over 200 people engaged with presentations by Richard Knox Johnston, Chair of the London Green Belt Council, Eleanor Lang, the Local MP and other representatives from Epping District and Town Councils. Despite many Local residents stated that they were anxious regarding the future of the Green Belt many also commented that it was great to see such passion and support for it. The Epping Forest Guardian had this to say. … Read more
Richard Knox-Johnston, Chair of the London Green Belt Council, wrote to the London Evening Standard: “Further to the report A garden of one’s own, Tom Papworth is misguided in his thinking on the Green Belt. “First, we already have excellent high density housing of 100 homes per hectare in London which is not high rise. They are the Georgian and Edwardian squares in Kensington and Chelsea which are very popular places to live. So not all dwellings have to be skyscrapers. Second, building on Green Belt land would provide expensive homes because they are built in the Green Belt, so … Read more
Richard Knox Johnston, Chair of the LGBC and a Trustee of CPRE Kent which is also a member of LGBC, has met with MPs in Kent to discuss planning issues. The focus of discussions was landbanking – the process by which developers are holding back building homes on acquired sites to help boost profits – and the impact of unrealistic housing targets.
The Conservative candidate for London Mayor has pledged his support to local campaigners at Save Oakfield Site. In a visit to the iconic Oakfield Sports Ground he supported calls to prevent these highly valued playing fields being sold off by the Council for development through its local plan. … Read more
CPRE London, a member of the London Green Belt Council, has responded to Croydon’s draft Local Plan. Despite National Planning Policy Guidance which states that “Unmet housing need (including for traveller sites) is unlikely to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt and other harm to constitute the “very special circumstances” justifying inappropriate development on a site within the Green Belt”, a number of sites within Croydon’s Green Belt have been allocated for the development of Gypsy and Traveller sites. In addition, a number of other Green Belt locations have been designated for development, such as the designation of Rowden … Read more
Chair of the London Green Belt Council, Richard Knox-Johnston has written to the Telegraph in response to the government’s consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework which suggests the building of new starter homes in the Green Belt. In his letter here – (you will need to scroll down) – Mr Knox-Johnston calls for increased action to build houses where permission has been given far more quickly. He states “If the land is released and houses built in a timely way this would reduce the pressure on greenfield areas including the highly valued Green Belt.” … Read more
A new map of the London Green Belt was launched to a meeting of MPs in the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 2014. Copies of the map may be obtained by using the order form available by clicking here … Read more
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
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