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Councillor Davod Harrison

Keep and protect our green belt land

ponies in the forest
ponies in the forest

I made a speech at New Forest District Council today, (Wednesday, 6 September 2017) urging fellow Councillors to keep and protect our green belt land.

We had a special meeting to discuss our planning strategy for the new Local Plan that is currently being put together.

In essence, we are trying to find sufficient land in the District, (outside the National Park) to provide around 10,000 new homes in the next 20 year period.

I told members that I was worried about any weakening of our green belt designation.

Green belt is special because it acts as a buffer between developments.

It stops towns merging into villages. It gives the areas a rural characteristic.

It gives the areas a rural characteristic.

Locally, green belt helps Totton, Marchwood and Hythe retain the sense of being separate communities.

The papers we were given suggested that green belt could be considered in three different classes… strong, moderate and weak.

I argued that it was a mistake for the New Forest to adopt these classifications.

I said that it would be better for us to value all green belt equally.

This policy reflects the importance of protecting the New Forest generally and it does not preclude the planning committee from

This policy reflects the importance of protecting the New Forest generally and it does not preclude the planning committee from agreeing an exception from time to time.

If an application came forward for great affordable housing scheme on a green belt site, planners could still approve it.

If an application came forward for great affordable housing scheme on a green belt site, planners could still approve it.

I don’t know whether the Tory Council will take on board my suggestion.

Apparently it isn’t the done thing to publicly agree with anything I suggest.

As usual, it’s a case of waiting to see if it is quietly adopted.

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