Bill Esterson calls on government to scrap plans to allowing bui

Save Our Greenbelt

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson will this afternoon call on the government to scrap any plans to let developers build in the greenbelt.

 

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is making a statement on Local Government Finance and this is expected to include proposals to relax the rules stopping developers.

 

Bill Esterson has been campaigning with residents in his constituency to stop building in the greenbelt and has attended packed public meetings across his constituency over the weekend where people are vehemently opposed to any attempts to build on greenbelt land.

 

Bill said: "If this statement is about the rights of developers to speed up the planning process, I will be asking Mr Pickles if he will be letting developers build on greenbelt land?

"According to newspaper reports, Mr Pickles wants to let developers build more quickly without giving councils or residents their existing rights to be consulted. That sounds like a free for all and a charter for developers.

"What people in Aintree, Maghull, Formby and Hightown want to know is whether the government is going to give the green light to the bulldozers in the green belt.

"The newspaper reports have also said that such plans will mean developers no longer have to make a contribution to community facilities like schools, parks, community centres. In the communities which I represent, there are already shortages of places at doctors surgeries and schools. The roads are already full and the government has cut the bus services.

"We also have some of the best farmland in the country. If Mr Pickles wants to build in Sefton he is going to make it harder for us to grow our own food.

"Building in the greenbelt cannot be right and if the government wants to pick a fight on this issue, it will face stiff opposition, just as it did with the forests. The government did a u-turn on the forests. If it goes ahead with plans to let developers run riot, how long before it has to do a u-turn on the greenbelt?”

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