MPs call for ‘better control of green belts’

Julian Sturdy

Julian Sturdy

First published in News

A GROUP of MPs including York’s Julian Sturdy have published a report calling on the Government to hand control of the green belt from councils to local communities.

Mr Sturdy is a vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the greenbelt, which has published the report “Greenbelts: A Local Way Forward for the Twenty First Century”.

The document asks the Government to enhance the protection of greenbelt land and give power and decision making on development in protected areas to community groups and parish councils.

Mr Sturdy said that although Green Belt protection, he believes more needs to be done to safeguard it from unsustainable and inappropriate development.

He added: “Community-led planning is already on the rise, with over 1,000 Neighbourhood Plans currently being drawn up in the UK, including in villages like Copmanthorpe and the Poppletons.

"However, I want a more robust and meaningful system of Neighbourhood Planning, where the hard work put in by the community pays off with real power to decide where, when and how much development should take place in their area.

"I really hope our report puts pressure on the Government to strengthen and extend localism in the planning system and provides a basis for discussion about potential further planning reforms as all parties continue to work on their manifestos.

“I must kindly thank all those constituents and York residents who submitted their views to our call for evidence. We found them all incredibly helpful in drafting the report.”

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11:32am Mon 21 Jul 14

Madasanibbotson says...

Mr Sturdy fights to protect green belt.
City of York council appoint someone on £172,200 a year to destroy it.
Who said MP's aren't worth their salaries.
Mr Sturdy fights to protect green belt. City of York council appoint someone on £172,200 a year to destroy it. Who said MP's aren't worth their salaries. Madasanibbotson
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5:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bjb says...

I reckon they aught to call any future body the Not In My BackYard Planning Group responsible for depriving future generation of a chance to own their own home unless it is in a block of flats built in someone's back garden or pub carpark.
I reckon they aught to call any future body the Not In My BackYard Planning Group responsible for depriving future generation of a chance to own their own home unless it is in a block of flats built in someone's back garden or pub carpark. bjb
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6:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Blythespirit says...

bjb wrote:
I reckon they aught to call any future body the Not In My BackYard Planning Group responsible for depriving future generation of a chance to own their own home unless it is in a block of flats built in someone's back garden or pub carpark.
Exactly. I don't know anyone who lives in a village who supports additional homes being built in their community. If Mr Sturdy had his way, no new homes would ever get built despite the population rising steadily. Where are we all going to live Mr Sturdy? York is crying out for family houses. Not in your backyard eh?
[quote][p][bold]bjb[/bold] wrote: I reckon they aught to call any future body the Not In My BackYard Planning Group responsible for depriving future generation of a chance to own their own home unless it is in a block of flats built in someone's back garden or pub carpark.[/p][/quote]Exactly. I don't know anyone who lives in a village who supports additional homes being built in their community. If Mr Sturdy had his way, no new homes would ever get built despite the population rising steadily. Where are we all going to live Mr Sturdy? York is crying out for family houses. Not in your backyard eh? Blythespirit
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6:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

It's a brilliant idea! Yes let's give a lot more power to communities and residents to make important decisions in many ore areas of life.

You only have to read these pages to see the depth and scale of knowledge wisdom and understanding possessed by the ordinary man in the street. Not at all unhinged or prejudiced,ignorant, obsessed or nasty, no. Not at all.

Great idea. Whoop!
It's a brilliant idea! Yes let's give a lot more power to communities and residents to make important decisions in many ore areas of life. You only have to read these pages to see the depth and scale of knowledge wisdom and understanding possessed by the ordinary man in the street. Not at all unhinged or prejudiced,ignorant, obsessed or nasty, no. Not at all. Great idea. Whoop! Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 5

7:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Willy Eckerslike says...

Never mind Green Belts, come on COYC get the bl@@dy grass cut on Melrosegate Playing fields and let the kids have somewhere to play during the holidays. It was only reseeded a couple of years ago and at the moment it's about 2 foot high. Absolute disgrace.
Never mind Green Belts, come on COYC get the bl@@dy grass cut on Melrosegate Playing fields and let the kids have somewhere to play during the holidays. It was only reseeded a couple of years ago and at the moment it's about 2 foot high. Absolute disgrace. Willy Eckerslike
  • Score: 7

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