Dancing Queen? “PLEASE RELEASE ME” by Englebert Humperdink would have been more Appropriate, where Green Belt protection is concerned!

The morning following PM Teresa May’s Conservative Party Conference speech and her “dancing” onto the stage to the ABBA tune Dancing Queen, alarming figures regarding the Loss of Green Belt Land were released by the Telegraph!

So alarming that a far more appropriate song to take to the stage to would have been Englebert Humperdink’s “Please Release Me”!

Such is the level of Green Belt released for development during the last year, 12,000 Acres, we are at a loss to explain what the Government, Local Authorities and Developers now consider to be “Very Special Circumstances”!

GB Loss

T.May“Opportunity” for Developers some might suggest.

Certainly Nothing to make a Song and Dance About!


Info flagged up by: Basildon Residents Against Inappropriate Development (Dunton Garden Suburb)

Photo Credit: Guardian


One response to “Dancing Queen? “PLEASE RELEASE ME” by Englebert Humperdink would have been more Appropriate, where Green Belt protection is concerned!

  1. Editor you may recall the following.

    Mr Paul Crysell, the appointed planning inspector for CPBC’s Core Strategy. On the 11th of May 2011 corresponded to the then Head of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods explaining some of his concerns an extract of which is as follows.

    “In earlier work on the Core Strategy the Council accepted it was likely that some land would be required beyond existing urban limits to meet future housing needs. It therefore undertook an analysis of peripheral Green Belt locations to assess the suitability of different areas leading to the identification of a number of sites. An exercise was then carried out to objectively assess these sites against a number of criteria. I have reservations about the methodology employed and the way in which it appears to have been used, leading to inconsistent and inappropriate site selection.

    For example, the Council’s own Sustainability Appraisal is unclear as to why the most sustainable Green Belt site was discounted.
    I therefore consider the Council needs to revisit its assessment of Green Belt locations paying particular regard to the five purposes of the Green Belt as set out in PPG2. I accept that other considerations will also influence the choice of sites but potential locations should not be dismissed because local factors are given too much weight. This appears to have happened previously”.

    The inspector on more than one occasion offered assistance to the council as to what course of action would resolve his concerns.

    Expecting the NPPF and the Conservative Government to come to the Councils rescue, the inspector’s offer of assistance was politely refused, and the Core Strategy subsequently withdrawn.

    CPBC now seemingly finds itself being directed towards developing far more of the boroughs green belt than originally feared. This after spending a huge amount time, energy and public money trying to prevent.

    If only the council would have shown some humility towards the Core Strategies Planning Inspector, this whole fiasco could have been avoided.

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