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CPRE comments on LSE report on Green Belt

1 August 2016

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has responded to a London School of Economics (LSE) report on the Green Belt, released today.

The report, A 21st Century Metropolitan Green Belt, suggests that housing should be built strategically on the Metropolitan Green Belt to relieve housing pressure in the south east and to stop the piecemeal erosion of the Green Belt via planning regulations. The report advocates 'corridors' of development bounded by green wedges. 

In response to the report, Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at CPRE, says:

“If we are to build the homes we need, we have to reinforce current protections and put brownfield first, not weaken Green Belt policy on an agenda of economic growth in the south east.

“The Green Belt is well established, but it is not outdated. In preventing urban sprawl it continues to provide impetus for urban regeneration, and makes environmental and economic sense in protecting the breathing space around our towns and cities. The majority of the public recognises this.

“The Green Belt is being chipped away by councils and developers. It is vital that the new communities secretary backs up his recent pledge to protect the Green Belt and affords more time and funding to brownfield development across the country.”

While his views differ significantly from those expressed in the conclusions of the report, Paul attended LSE workshops that were part of the project. He has been quoted responding to the report by the Financial Times, Architects' Journal and LocalGov

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