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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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Call for investment in Stoats Nest

I am writing this on a train and I’ve just written to Crispin Blunt MP and Vic Broad, Leader of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. I emailed them as I left Redhill on my way to Victoria. Unfortunately there is no longer a fast train service to Victoria from Redhill, it was removed as part […]

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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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Recycling or incineration? Surrey’s waste turning point

Would you put a bit of effort into separating out your recycling if it meant less need for incineration? Do doorstep collections work best or should residents be asked to take recycling to centres? Do you agree that we might need to build a new waste facility on the Green Belt? Choices we make now […]

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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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Shedding light on Surrey’s secret billion pound property plan

Surrey’s Green and Liberal Democrat Councillors have revealed that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing and development across dozens of sites, in a secret deal that could be worth more than £1bn with a private sector partner. The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a ‘Joint Property […]

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Stop Surrey’s urbanisation – by protecting our Green Belt

Locally we are facing a potential deluge of new large-scale housing proposals over the next few years as a requirement of the Government’s drive for greater housing numbers in the South East,  inevitably in London’s Green Belt. These could include the proposals for a Garden Village at Redhill Aerodrome or another large site currently being […]

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Big Green Autumn Party

Join us on Friday 6 October for a party at Reigate’s liveliest new venue, The Yard at Reigate Station. This is a fabulously  atmospheric and quirky new venue just ONE MINUTE from Reigate station. There will be live music from Ian Machecek and Rebecca Riedtmann.  You can buy drinks at the cash bar – and feel free […]

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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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