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WHAT FUTURE LIES AHEAD FOR BRITAIN'S SHRINKING GREEN BELT LAND?

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The Yorkshire Post turns its attention to the green belt debate (p10) as the new unitary development plans (UDPs) a...
The Yorkshire Post turns its attention to the green belt debate (p10) as the new unitary development plans (UDPs) are being drawn up by town planners to shape urban and industrial growth.

The paper says they treat green belts as expendable and claims that metropolitan district councils across Yorkshire are proposing 'the systematic destruction of fields and woodlands' which thousands of their citizens had mistakenly thought were safe from development because they were green belt.

Anyone, says the paper, who took remarks made by the government in 1988 - that greenbelts were there as permanent safeguards against things like urban sprawl and the destruction of the special character of historic towns, only to be altered under very exceptional circumstances - at face value will feel betrayed

For it says councils and planners want to 'release' green belt acres for development.

The paper says pressures, conveniently overlooked and often created by the government, exist.

The paper finds an example in Leeds where the planning department describes greenbelts as not being God given, but subject to change. This change being the council's need to provide land for over 360,000 new homes. Doncaster and Barnsley also come under the spotlight.

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