Green belt

Can’t we have housing without losing the countryside?
Failing to develop new policies to address the shortage of affordable homes will have devastating consequences for this country
The government's decision this week to maintain all existing protections for green belt land will lock more ordinary families out of home ownership and limit the supply of affordable and secure rents. If the government is serious about improving lives for the "just about managing" it must look again at the case for loosening the green belt.
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There's not many festivals that can boast a line up which includes a Tibetan electric lute player, a former hostage and the Archbishop of Canterbury. But then there aren't many festivals quite like Greenbelt.
One of THE biggest challenges facing London's new Mayor is protection of the green belt against the need to build vast numbers of new homes. This issue requires a clear and defined approach with robust, detailed and principled policies.
The musical highlight this year was Grace Petrie and the Benefits Culture who roused a damp Monday night crowd with their politically charged folk songs. Grace Petrie is the musical soul of Corbynmania. Heartfelt catchy tunes delivering lyrics of love and protest which sum up her generation of politically engaged youth who despise the political establishment.
Among the more recognised names that will be occupying the stages at this year's Greenbelt festival over the August Bank Holiday, will be a little known Filipino priest called Father Herbert Fadriguella.
I think I have the answer to two of Britain's biggest problems: shortage of housing and concern over immigration. Golf courses. No, not build more of them. Build on them: affordable homes for those who need them, and temporary accommodation units for refugees and asylum-seekers.
There is enough suitable previously developed land for at least a million new homes, much of it in London and the south east. If we make it easier to build in the Green Belt, these sites will be wasted and towns and cities will suffer. The Green Belt has been a huge success. Without it we would be immeasurably poorer. We should protect it, celebrate it, and go out and enjoy it.
So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government
The big planning question is whether towns and cities should have more space to grow. How should we balance a growing population and protecting the countryside? These maps show how England currently strikes that balance.
Cornwall Council will make a decision this week which will have a profound effect on the future of Cornwall. If they approve planning permission for the massive out-of-town retail development on 70 acres of green fields at Coyte Farm near St Austell, it will become Cornwall's 3rd largest retail centre.
The green belt is under attack by greedy property developers and grasping politicians. This land is protected from development to restrict urban sprawl and preserve green space for people (and for nature).
We have a model for shared responsibilities and public access that could preserve and improve our green spaces for generations to come. We have legislation that could be easily adapted. All we lack is the will to safeguard what we all value.
Extensions to the right to buy council homes and the release of thousands of acres of brownfield to developers are designed
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The new National Planning Policy Framework is a big chance to make Britain better for future generations as well as our own. That is what sustainability is all about. We are determined that the beguiling convenience of the present must not overshadow the needs of the new generation and those that will follow them. There is no reason why growth should mean ugliness. It can - and should - improve our physical environment. Anyone who thinks otherwise should take a tour around our great cities, towns and villages and consider the diminished place that Britain would be if our forebears had been adamant in their opposition to new development.