Saturday, May 10, 2008

Airstrip One

A boot bearing down on a human head - entitled thought crime WAR IS PEACE
1984, George Orwell

There has been significant loss of Green Belt land since 1997 and more is planned, despite the stated commitment of the prime minister to robustly protect it. This is the key message from a Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) investigation of the government’s record on Green Belt since 1997.

CPRE’s investigation has found that:
• over 1,100 hectares of Green Belt have been lost each year since 1997 and at least 45,240 homes - equivalent to a city the size of Bath - have been built on Green Belt land since 1997;
London Green Belt’s boundaries are being reviewed in 18 separate locations with a view to accommodating new housing development;
• Government planning inspectors are undermining the government’s claim to be upholding Green Belt policy in almost every English region, with statements suggesting that Green Belts should not be treated as permanent, and that demand for housing and air travel should justify major changes to Green Belt boundaries;
• in Nottingham, government inspectors have recommended wholesale removal of the Green Belt on three out of four sides of the city; and
• two eco-town proposals could lead to further losses of Green Belt land, contradicting the claims of Ministers that none would be built on Green Belt land.

Paul Miner, CPRE’s senior planning campaigner, said: "I am sure that ministers genuinely want to safeguard our Green Belt for future generations. But in reality the Green Belt is being seriously eroded. Too much development has already been permitted, and some government inspectors appear to be interpreting Green Belt policy in their own way. This is making a mockery of the permanence which Green Belts are supposed to have. Now we are faced with a serious downturn in the housing market. There is a real danger that government will panic and relax Green Belt protection in a rush for development at any price."
He concluded: "We need a strong commitment by ministers in practice to uphold existing Green Belt policy. We also want the government to carry out an urgent review of these current threats to the Green Belt to avoid further losses."

1 comment:

  1. The Stansted Expansion (G2)is a very good example of disappearing Green Belt.
    If BAA get permission for another runway the consequences are;---
    39.32 Hectares of Woodland will go,
    ( 19.32 being Ancient Woodland)
    80 Hectares of Grassland.
    30.6 Kilometres of Hedgerows.
    39 ponds, some containing crested newts and Water Voles.
    1/4 of a mile of the Roding will be culverted under the new runway.
    Sections of the Chelmer too
    Rare plants ( Sheperds Needles)will be lost.
    Large varties of Habitats and species will be affected.
    Badgers, Foxes, Rabbits,SkyLarks, will be driven out
    The combined effects will be far reaching, beyond the immediate area.
    Habitats and species are interdependant on each other.
    100,000 more motorists will be added to the roads around the airport EVERY DAY.
    These are not my figures, they come direct from BAA, in their 'Non Technical' Summary.
    Asthma suffers beware!