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 please contact them.

The most effective way to get attention is to ask for a meeting either on your own or together with colleagues, to make your concerns felt [see example letter A below]. OR alternatively, you can write to your MP asking them to take the issue up with Ministers at the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) [see example letter B below].

In both cases you could either write a letter to your MP (more effective) or email them via www.theyworkforyou.com – put in your postcode to find your MP then click on the ‘send a message’ button.

Example letter A

Dear [MP’s name]

I would like to meet with you to discuss current threats to London’s Green Belt.

The Government says it is committed to protecting London’s Green Belt but a map recently published by London Green Belt Council in partnership with eight CPRE branches in and around London shows nearly 200 sites under threat from development along with proposals to build 118,000 homes on London’s precious Green Belt.

There is a worryingly mismatch between the government’s commitment to protect our Green Belt and the impact of its policies on the ground.

I would be grateful if you could suggest some convenient dates and times when we would be able to meet and discuss this important topic.

Yours sincerely

Example letter B

Dear [MP’s name]

The Government says it is committed to protecting London’s Green Belt but a map recently published by the London Green Belt Council in partnership with eight CPRE branches in and around London, shows nearly 200 sites under threat from development along with proposals to build 118,000 homes on London’s Green Belt.

Please could you take this up with Government Ministers at the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that there is a clear mismatch between the government’s commitment to protect our precious Green Belt and the impact of its policies on the ground.

Please could you urge them to remove unwarranted pressure on councils to release land for housing to bring an urgent resolution to this problem.

Could you please emphasise that land availability is not at the root of slow house building rates: planning permissions and land supplies are up.

Please emphasise that their current approach risks destroying our democratic planning system and unnecessarily losing vast swathes of London’s Green Belt.

And finally please call on DCLG ministers to use their powers to put an immediate stop to the release of Green Belt land for development.

I would be grateful if you would send me a copy of the response.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

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