Loss of green belt & greenfield sites for housing negatively affects the environment, releasing carbon from the land & losing that land's ability to capture new carbon. Wildlife and plant life already under stress, are displaced & loss of green spaces has a negative effect on communities.
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Houses proposed to be built have a great effect upon our environment. Contribute to pollution and in turn affect our planet. House development should take place on brown sites. The greenfield land, farm land, trees and wild flowers need protection now to encourage our planet to heal. All permissions for planned development of green belt or greenfield land should be revoked, and no further permissions granted.
Tuesday 1st March 2022
This Government is committed to maintaining existing Green Belt protections, enhancing Green Belt land quality, and promoting use of brownfield for new developments to reduce greenfield pressures.
The Government currently offers strong protections for the Green Belt from development in national policy. The National Planning Policy Framework states that a Green Belt boundary may be altered only in exceptional circumstances. Any proposal is subject to consultation with local people followed by rigorous and independent examination of the area’s Local Plan by a planning inspector. If a local authority cannot avoid the loss of Green Belt, it is expected to offset the loss of that land by environmental and access improvements to land remaining Green Belt. Furthermore, national planning policy states that most new developments in the Green Belt should be refused planning permission unless in very special circumstances, rightly determined by the local authority. As a result, the Government is not considering this proposal at this time.
As set out in the landmark Levelling Up White Paper, we are committed to enhancing the quality of land designated in the Green Belt. This means increasing public access to Green Belt, while simultaneously delivering nature recovery, in line with Environment Act commitments. This will provide improved access for those communities that currently lack good quality green space.
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
This is a revised response. The Petitions Committee requested a response which more directly addressed the request of the petition. You can find the original response towards the bottom of the petition page (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/600577)