Green belt “under siege”

A study by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says that the number of homes planned for the country’s green belt has increased 38% in less than two years. Nearly 220,000 houses are planned for green belt land – up 61,000 on CPRE’s last count in August 2013.

In its analysis of nine English regions, the CPRE paper shows that councillors and planning inspectors have signed off major releases of Green Belt land over the past 19 months.

This is the huge area of agricultural land that Sefton Council intends to put under concrete to the east of Maghull.

This is the huge area of agricultural land that Sefton Council intends to put under concrete to the east of Maghull.

Readers will know that as an environmental campaigner I have mixed views about CPRE – I have often said that its Sefton Branch disappointed me with it approach to this crucial ‘green’ issue. Frankly, I think they failed to put Labour-led Sefton Council under pressure during its Local Plan process which will lead to large areas of Green Belt and high grade agricultural land being put under concrete in the Borough.

But never the less this information from CPRE nationally certainly hits the spot and it makes you wonder what on earth we are doing to precious high grade agricultural land and why!

With thanks to LGiU for the lead to this article

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