Hard decisions are needed to help ensure both urban regeneration and protection of the Green Belt, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has said today after new figures revealed that the number of houses planned for the area has nearly doubled in the past year.
Spokesman Paul Miner said:
The extent to which the threat is growing - nearly doubling in a year - is deeply worrying.
It should not be necessary to build on Green Belt land when there is enough brownfield land available for a million and a half new homes.
Green Belts prevent urban sprawl and are the green lungs of many of our largest or most historic towns and cities.
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