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Green Belt is threatened by housing rush warns Notts MP (Eco news)

Green Belt is threatened by housing rush warns Notts MP
BBC News reported

It's been claimed that plans to build thousands of new homes on Green Belt land in the East Midlands are being deliberately rushed through by some of our local councils.

One MP, Broxtowe's Anna Soubry, has also warned of a real danger of urban sprawl on the outskirts of Nottingham.

Now the issue has been raised in Parliament.

Green Belt is aimed at safeguarding communities from losing their identity to over development.

It was first introduced in the late 1930s to ensure London retained some of its 'green lungs' and open spaces.

But the idea really took seed in our other big cities during Clement Atlee's Labour government, after the Second World War.
Avoiding sprawl

It's up to local councils to designate the land it wants to protect from over development.

There's a parcel of such land at suburban Toton.

It's part of the region's Green Belt to prevent urban sprawl between the cities of Nottingham and Derby.

It's now been earmarked for some of the 6,000 new homes that Broxtowe Council wants to build, mostly on Green Belt, to meet growing housing demand.

It's highly controversial.

"You only have to look around so many areas to see the impact of urban sprawl.

"Green Belt is there for a reason. It's to protect our environment for future generations," says Christine Batham, of the Toton Environment Protection Society.

MPs are due to debate the government's new planning guidance to councils later this week. But Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry - with excellent timing - has managed to jump the gun.

She secured a parliamentary debate to raise her concerns about the threat to the Green Belt in Nottinghamshire and her Broxtowe constituency in particular.

She warned that some councils are deliberately rushing through plans to build on Green Belt.


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