Tag Archives: Green Belt

Green Belt – friend or foe?

The Green Belt has been with us for more than 60 years.  Its evolution can be traced back to 1935 when the Greater London Regional Planning Committee proposed its establishment around London to prevent our capital simply growing outwards. The … Continue reading

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Garden towns and villages

Today’s news of the government’s plans for 3 new garden towns and 14 garden villages are an interesting addition to thoughts for the New Year!  It is beyond doubt that we need more houses in this country and that there is … Continue reading

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The Green Belt conundrum

Once again, there are rumours about building on the Green Belt. Once again, people like Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) are sharpening their quills and, once again, people living in or near rural areas are getting agitated. The truth is … Continue reading

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The countryside as an engine of growth

I was fascinated to read the thoughts of our Chancellor, George Osborne and our Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, in today’s Daily Telegraph.  While their plans to ensure our villages share in the prosperity … Continue reading

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Green Belt no help to North Oxon

David Cameron and Eric Pickles have both promised to keep the Green Belt and have hinted that Labour will build over it.  People living in my old County Council Division (Adderbury, Bloxham, Bodicote, Milcombe and Milton) may believe this is … Continue reading

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Hands off our Green Belt, George!

Two media stories have raised the profile of planning policy again. One is positive; one less so.   The government has announced a relaxation of planning policy for the space above high street shops, allowing two flats to be created … Continue reading

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