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“Crisis for affordable housing, crisis for the Green Belt”

More than 100 local residents packed Redhill Football club yesterday evening (1 February 2018) to hear about plans which might bring thousands of homes to green spaces in the area. They were particularly concerned about the scale of development planned for Redhill aerodrome, where some 8,000 houses could be built.

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Public meeting: have your say on development plans

Stand up to defend the Green Belt from development threats AND secure the affordable homes we need.  Come to an open meeting to find out about our local Council’s Development Plans and how you can put your views across. 

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Surrey’s Waste Plan: secret incinerators and unambitious recycling targets

Surrey Greens have reviewed the County’s draft Waste Plan to 2033, which highlights a massive planned increase in incineration at the cost of recycling. The Plan, which is open for consultation until February 7th, proposes up to six new incinerators on Green Belt land, even though Surrey is joint top for recycling in England.

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Last chance to save Green Belt from housing development

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is consulting on its Development Management Plan for the final time. Despite widespread objection to the idea of removing land from the Green Belt to build hundreds of new homes, the final draft Development Plan still allows for: 1400 new homes on Green Belt adjacent to Redhill, Reigate and Merstham […]

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Green Councillors secure brownfield site review

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s draft Development Management Plan is out for consultation – and threatens to allow a house-building boom in the Green Belt to meet high developer demand. We have fought the idea of housing in the Green Belt throughout the long process of writing and rewriting this draft Plan. Our detailed response […]

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Green Motion to improve Surrey’s investment strategy agreed

Surrey County Council has agreed changes to its multi-million pound property investment policy to ensure that it is environmentally sustainable and will help address the affordable homes crisis – thanks to a Motion tabled by Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex at a Council meeting on Tuesday 5th December. The Motion won the backing of Councillors from across the Council […]

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Council proposes to ‘safeguard’ Redhill Aerodrome… for housing

At its meeting next Thursday, 9 November 2017, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Executive will discuss the latest draft of the Council’s Local Plan and whether to send it for consultation and submission to the Secretary of State. Since the previous version of the Local Plan was consulted on, the Council has added a new […]

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Surrey Greens welcome Tory U-turn on tip closures

Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex has welcomed the decision by the Conservatives in Surrey to drop their plans to close four Community Recycling Centres (CRCs). The change of heart happened after huge opposition from thousands of Surrey residents.   The County Council will, however, proceed with its plans to reduce the opening hours of CRCs across the county, as well as to drop […]

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Local committee funding slashed as Surrey County Council faces £24m overspend

Redhill East Green County Councillor Jonathan Essex has today criticised Conservative-run Surrey County Council for making huge cuts to the Reigate & Banstead Local Committee budget, at the same time as the County Council announced a projected £24m overspend for the current financial year.  

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Surrey Greens oppose Tory plans to cut recycling centres

Surrey County Council is consulting on proposed changes to Surrey’s community recycling centres. The Conservative-run Council says that its proposed option is to close the recycling centres in Dorking, Warlingham, Bagshot and Cranleigh, and to end the daily allowance of waste that can be disposed of for free. The proposals include reducing opening hours at the recycling centre […]

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