Why we’re standing up for the Green Belt

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on new development management policies that include potentially allowing up to 1,400 new homes to be built in the Green Belt.

You can view the Council’s proposals and submit your comments online – or visit an exhibition to see the plans and meet planning officers. Details of both are on this page

East Surrey Green Party is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposals. All are welcome.

We are opposed to Green Belt release. Here’s why:

Green Belt serves several vital purposes. It stops urban sprawl – stopping towns joining together. It provides space for recreation and for wildlife. And it ensures there is land around big cities to provide the food and other amenities they need.

The Green Belt has done a fantastic job of preserving the character of our towns, villages and countryside and it should be off limits for development.

National planning policies brought in by the coalition government have put ours and other Councils in a very difficult position. They are obliged to plan for high levels of housing growth.

But south-east England is already overcrowded, and needs the Green Belt to be protected. Meanwhile, other parts of the country are badly in need of regeneration.

Locally, we need places for our young people and key workers to live in. That means affordable homes in our towns and villages, not expensive low- and medium-density housing developments on the edges of our towns.

The Green Councillors are listening to residents and will be preparing our own detailed response to the consultation. Please contact us to tell us your views.

 

“The need for a buffer of natural landscape [around our cities] has never been more critical – not only as an essential refuge for wildlife… but for us all to be able to access for the benefit of our health and wellbeing… The Green Belt acts as a ring for life, to lose it would be an act of dangerous short-termism.”
Chris Packham, naturalist and television presenter

 

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