Building on green belt areas increased by 50% in past 12 months…

August 29th 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

Over the past year, consent to build on green belt areas in the UK has been handed over to local councils, which the Government stated would loosen red tape on building on green belt land.
However since this new bill home built on green belt has doubled in a year, according to a new report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
In there report they have said that planning permission was given for more than 150,000 properties to built on protected land, with some being built on the most scenic areas of the countryside.
Proposed building schemes currently include 46,000 homes and 607 acres of warehouses across Yorkshire, which will engulf countryside around Leeds, York and Calderdale.
Their latest figures show that permission was granted for 150,464 homes on green belt land in the last year, compared to 81,000 in the twelve months before, that’s an increase of 84 per cent.
We have some of the most beautiful countryside across Surrey so we hope that local councils do what is necessary to engage in responsible distribution of planning on green belt land, ensuring the protection of our countryside for future generations to enjoy.