Sefton Central Labour Party members vote unanimously to pass res

Andy Wilson

Sefton Central Labour Party members voted unanimously to call on the future Labour Government to protect the greenbelt by reintroducing funding for the reclamation of brownfield sites.


The brownfield subsidy, which provided funding to allow work to be done to prepare brownfield sites for development, was axed by the Tories and Lib Dems in Government.

This means local authorities are forced to look at releasing greenbelt land to developers to reach their Tory-Lib Dem Government-set new housing quotas.

Sefton Council has drawn up its local plan under those constraints, meaning great swathes of the borough's greenbelt are ear-marked for potential closure.

Sefton Central Constituency Labour Party chairman, Andy Wilson, said the Tory-Lib Dem scrapping of the brownfield subsidy was directly putting Sefton and the country's greenbelt at risk.

At their last CLP meeting, party members unanimously passed a resolution which states: ‘This CLP calls on the next Labour Government to reintroduce the funding for the reclamation of contaminated land to ensure the redevelopment of brownfield sites and return to a brownfield first policy, thus minimising any building on the greenbelt.’

Andy said: "This Tory-Lib Dem Government is directly jeopardising the future of our greenbelt. Their changes to the planning rules, with their National Planning Policy Framework, gives the greenlight to building on the greenbelt.

"Their removal of the brownfield subsidy is their final assault on our greenbelt.

"Our MP Bill Esterson has repeatedly raised this in Parliament, but the Tory and Lib Dem Ministers refuse to respond to the concern and are willing to allow our greenbelt to be paved over.

"That's why the members of Sefton Central Labour have voted unanimously to call on the next Labour Government to reinstate the brownfield subsidy.

"It opens up large areas of brownfield up and down the country for the new houses that we need to be built."

Andy said the resolution simply reflects Labour's existing policy for brownfield first.

Andy said: "The national Labour Party has been perfectly clear on this. They have a policy of building on brownfield first. Members in Sefton Central support that policy.

"But brownfield first cannot happen without the brownfield subsidy.

"The Tories and Lib Dems know that, but they are more interested in pandering to their wealthy friends the developers who will make a lot more money building on greenbelt, rather than listening to the communities which they are supposed to serve."