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Green Belt Being ‘Sacrificed’ For Housing


The green belt is being “sacrificed” to make way for new homes as councils face pressure to help the Government hit a target of 200,000 new properties a year, countryside campaigners are warning.

A report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England has revealed 275,000 homes are currently planned for the green belt – up 25% on last year.

Close to half of those are in the area around London, including Central Bedfordshire where residents are concerned about the rate at which protected land is being earmarked for development.

“We are set to lose five square miles of green belt and provide on it something like 13,000 additional homes,” said rural campaigner Thurstan Adburgham.

“It’s a huge tract of green belt countryside… Once the sacrifice on this scale has been made, obviously the principle has been lost that green belt is supposed to be sacred and sacrosanct and more could go.”

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