UK’s ‘greenest government’?

1 Dec
Not with Nick Boles as the new planning minister! His policy to rapidly build on 2 million acres of unspoilt land is “incredibly irresponsible” according to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. In an article in yesterday’s Observer, CPRE Chair, Andrew Motion, says Mr Boles is “wrong on just about every level” , and that “Once you develop land, it’s gone forever as countryside”. (more at www.cpre.org.uk)
The same article quotes a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government who said: “The government has repeatedly made clear that our reforms safeguard the countryside and the new framework maintains previous protections for green belt and countryside, including areas of outstanding natural beauty. It also puts power back into the hands of local people, ensuring they are in charge of deciding the areas they wish to see developed and those to be protected. The green belt provides the vital green lung against urban sprawl and local plans must have clear regard to this policy in the national framework.”
Below, is the view (August  2012) looking down towards the Sidford Fields AONB site earmarked by EDDC for a 12 acre business park. The public have strongly objected to this and similar plans throughout East Devon (See DOCUMENTS, and Mass March category, at www.saveoursidmouth.com)
View looking down towards site of planned business park in AONB at Sidford Fields. Summer 2012

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