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Green Belt saved by people power

Green Belt land near Meopham has been saved from development Green Belt land near Meopham has been saved from development © Sibod

A major CPRE campaign to protect Kent's Green Belt has won the backing of local people and encouraged councillors to ensure new housing goes on 'brownfield' first.


Before Christmas, CPRE Kent’s Alex Hills led a 30 person protest outside Gravesham Council office in protest at their plans for up to 920 new homes on Green Belt. 1,000 letters of objection were also sent to the council, and hundreds turned up to two separate protests before Christmas.

“The protesters were determined yet very good natured - even on a cold night," said Alex. “The sites contain many key species of birds such as owls and many insects that are under threat due to loss of habitat.”

The branch gave detailed written evidence against the plans and Kent County Council responded in full agreement, saying they believed Gravesham Council had not justified seeking development sites within the Green Belt and should focus on reusing brownfield sites.

All the hard work paid off at the end of January, when the future of the Green Belt was secured as Gravesham council backed down. They conceding that any new homes needed over the next 18 years could be provided through existing development schemes.

Alex confirmed that most of the new proposals were on derelict industrial sites and the branch hailed it as a major victory for the Green Belt and people power. They hope it could set a precedent for safeguarding the Green Belt, while encouraging the badly needed regeneration of the Thames Gateway.

The sites contain many key species of birds such as owls and many insects that are under threat due to loss of habitat




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