Green Belt land in Hertfordshire ‘must not be lost to homes’

PUBLISHED: 09:51 15 February 2016

CPRE Hertfordshire public meeting

CPRE Hertfordshire public meeting

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A Hertfordshire group which campaigns to protect the countryside has issued a statement saying they are ‘appalled’ at proposed developments which threaten Green Belt land.

Kevin Fitzgerald, director of CPRE Hertfordshire, campaigns on cameraKevin Fitzgerald, director of CPRE Hertfordshire, campaigns on camera

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) group in Hertfordshire has expressed concerns that speculative development proposals by major local landowners could destroy swathes of nationally important Green Belt land to the west of Hatfield.

CPRE Hertfordshire argued that proposals were made under the guise of consultation through the media and a controlled selective discussion forum, which they described as “misleading.”

A spokesman for CRPE Hertfordshire said: “This appears to be a deliberate attempt to bypass the democratic planning process through which everyone will be able to have their say on the new Local Plans, which will decide how many houses should be built, and where they should be built.”

CPRE Hertfordshire argued that it is only because of Green Belt policy that several generations of Hertfordshire and London residents have been able to enjoy access to the countryside.

Kevin Fitzgerald, director of CPRE Hertfordshire, points out bypass routeKevin Fitzgerald, director of CPRE Hertfordshire, points out bypass route

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council said: “The impact on wildlife is a factor we have to take into account when considering which locations should be selected for housing.

“There will be further consultation on the Local Plan in the summer and we are keen to hear residents’ views.”

CPRE Hertfordshire is calling on all residents “to oppose speculative housing proposals and tell developers that proposals should be promoted when councils publish their local plans.”


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