Is the Green Belt safe from unscrupulous developers? Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t think so

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to a New Charter Housing development in Ashton [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has cast doubt on the government’s claim the green belt is ‘safe in its hands’.

Mr Corbyn urged ministers not to allow developers to ravage protected green spaces and push them to build homes on former industrial land, which is often more expensive to turn around.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid [has insisted that] councils will have to ‘categorically’ prove they’ve exhausted all other options before developing protected green sites.

Asked whether he believed the government’s claim that the green belt is ‘safe in its hands’, [Mr Corbyn] said: “I’m not sure I believe them.

“I do think planning that involves open spaces is very important and I do think we should be looking to develop often difficult sites than relatively easy sites in the green belt.

“I think we have to put a bit more pressure on developers to make sure they do go onto brownfield sites.

“Developing a polluted site is expensive and complicated, but it’s got to be done. We can’t just leave places to waste.

“I think we should protect the green belt. It’s there for a purpose.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn casts doubt on government’s claim that green belt is safe

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3 thoughts on “Is the Green Belt safe from unscrupulous developers? Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t think so

  1. NMac

    Nothing, but nothing is safe from greedy, selfish Tories. If they thought they could make even a fraction of a farthing they would collect and sell dog turds.

  2. Barry Davies

    As long as Westminster can overule local councils after they have refused planning permission this will continue to be the case, as in the stupidity of the local council refusing permission to build on what they knew was a flood plain being overused by people in Westminster with no local knowledge and now surprise surprise the house get flooded regularly.

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