Fears over Green Belt destruction

PUBLISHED: 08:17 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

FEARS have been voiced that even more homes than the 5,500 already proposed could be built on Green Belt land in North Herts. The district council has already declared itself to be up in arms over proposals to expand Luton into North Herts. It was at the

FEARS have been voiced that even more homes than the 5,500 already proposed could be built on Green Belt land in North Herts.

The district council has already declared itself to be up in arms over proposals to expand Luton into North Herts.

It was at the end of June that the Luton and South Beds joint committee revealed its preference to see a substantial part of Luton's expansion located east of the town on land within North Herts.

"Previously, the council had been aware of a possible future scheme here for some 3,000 houses served by the existing Luton road system," said Richard Thake, executive member for planning and transport.

"That was bad enough. The current proposals of the joint committee are far worse.

"The joint committee has indicated that some 5,500 new houses and a new Luton Eastern Bypass should be located in North Hertfordshire. This scale of development must mean that the glorious scenery of Lilley Bottom will be irredeemably lost.

"The landscape quality of this area is on a par with that of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just across the A505 and is among the best, not just in North Herts but in the county as a whole."

The leader of North Herts Council, Cllr. F. John Smith, has also expressed his worries.

He said: "I would not be surprised to see future planning applications for even more houses and perhaps for new and substantial employment development associated with the airport. Only time will tell.

"These proposals will not count towards the huge numbers of additional dwellings the Government dictate should be built in North Herts. This is an unacceptable attack on our Green Belt and the council will be strenuously opposing this 'preference' using every legal means possible."

www.north-herts.gov.uk

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