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Debate over future of greenbelt in Bucks

Dog in the Chilterns

6:06am 24th April 2018

Is it time for the green belt to go or be more flexible?

That's the question being asked in Aylesbury this evening, as part of a debate on whether protections on the land should be more flexible.

Organisers say there's a lot of pressure from a lack of housing, so the question needs asking.

The debate is happening between 6pm and 9pm at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

The Green Belt was designed to prevent urban areas growing into each other and maintain recreational open space near towns and cities.

However, the CLA say not all Green Belt land is environmentally important or even well managed for recreational use.

With increasing pressure on land in the South East and a shortage of affordable homes in rural areas, the CLA Buckinghamshire Debate will ask the question: is it time for the Green Belt to go or to be more flexible?

The debate will be chaired by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and will include an analysis of the difficult decisions facing Government and local authorities as they try to balance meeting housing needs with protecting green spaces.

Speakers will include:

  • Fenella Collins, Head of Planning at the CLA
  • Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of CPRE, which campaigns for continuing protection of the Green Belt
  • Rob Hindle, Director of Rural Solutions, specialist in rural planning and development
  • Cllr Alex Hollingsworth, Board member for Planning at Oxford City Council, where future development is constrained by the Green Belt.

Register for the event here.

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