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Council invites Green Belt development

January 12, 2018 3:11 PM
Green Belt field Paul, Roger

Cllr. Paul Potter and Roger Abbott. They are calling for small groups of new homes to rent, in carefully chosen locations, not large developments on green fields.

Conservative-controlled Mole Valley District Council is asking developers to submit proposals for sites including in the Green Belt.

Liberal Democrat Councillors have strongly criticised Mole Valley Council for its decision to invite developers to submit proposed sites for house building in the Green Belt. Group Leader, Councillor Stephen Cooksey, says, "The Council is doing this because it has adopted a housing target that is simply too high. They are giving too much weight to assumed demand from outside the area, including London. A more modest target would avoid damaging the Green Belt.

"The outcome of large-scale development either in or beyond the Green Belt would be to cause loss of countryside and overstretch education, medical and transport facilities, that are already struggling to cope with current demands."

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Paul Potter, added, "We are not against all development. We support small numbers of houses the local community agrees. These should be the smaller houses and flats that Mole Valley needs, not the 5-bed houses favoured by developers."

Liberal Democrat campaigner, Roger Abbott, said, "The Green Belt is not just for local people. It is also somewhere for people from cities to come and enjoy the countryside. Preventing urban sprawl and maintaining the gaps between villages is part of what the Green Belt delivers."