Wednesday 28 September 2016
Redbridge Council launches assault on London’s Green Belt
Redbridge’s plans to build over huge areas of protected East London’s Green Belt is nothing short of an assault on our precious green fields, say London campaigners. An area the size of a 180 football pitches of protected green space will be lost if Redbridge Council proceeds with plans to build over East London’s Green Belt, CPRE London has warned in its response to Redbridge Council’s consultation on its draft Local Plan.
Alice Roberts, Green Spaces Campaigner at CPRE London, said: “If the council gets its way, massive losses to our precious green fields will follow. We are staggered by this blatant land grab. This is nothing short of an assault on our Green Belt – land which is afforded the highest level of protection. And these sites include top quality, irreplaceable cricket and football pitches used by all of East London and beyond.”
“The council claims it needs the sites for housing but it is categorically not the case that this land is needed for housing. Even the government has said housing can’t justify building on Green Belt. The Mayor has said clearly he will not support building on protected land. And there are vast opportunity sites in Redbridge and elsewhere in London and enough brownfield land to build all the houses London needs. And more brownfield land comes on stream each year.”
“These green fields are specifically protected for all Londoners, not just Redbridge residents, so we are objecting on behalf of all Londoners and we are calling on Londoners to register their objections too.” Template here.
“London’s protected green fields are under threat like never before. Enough is enough. We are calling on local councils and MPs to call an immediate halt to the give-away of London’s irreplaceable green fields.”Please note that even though the official deadline is today, 30 September, you can still make representations after this date, but these will be marked “unduly made” and forwarded to the Inspector who will decide if they can be considered as part of the examination process.