Across parts of Staffordshire the proportions of green belt
land now developed comes in at: South Staffordshire (seven per cent), Stafford (five per cent) and Cannock Chase (six per cent).
"Last year only 0.02 per cent of the green belt
was developed for residential use and often this development is around road and rail infrastructure in place long before green belt
In Tandridge, for example, 94% of all the land area is in the green belt
. It's perhaps no surprise then that four in every 10 new builds in the area were built on green belt
land in 2015-18, totalling 290 homes.
At the meeting, developers also argued that 'safeguarded sites' in the local plan could be used in place of the green belt
Charlotte Castro, speaking on behalf of the group that campaigned against the Tameside allocations in the 2016 draft plan, said: "Whilst Save Tameside wholeheartedly welcomes the removal of some green belt
allocations in the new GMSF 2019 consultation and the new allocation of additional areas as designated green belt
, we are deeply concerned about the two proposed garden villages to be positioned within Hyde on large areas of protected green belt
Responding to the figures, a council spokesperson said: "The main issue here is that the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government don't count Local Green Space as part of their definition, so the reduction in our green belt
looks higher than it is in reality.
Detailed boundaries for the North Cheshire Green Belt
were defined through a series of local plans in the 1980s while boundaries for the South Cheshire Green Belt
were defined in the 1980s and early 1990s.
"The affordable housing crisis must be addressed with increasing urgency, while acknowledging that far from providing the solution, building on the Green Belt
only serves to entrench the issue.
However Hillingdon has the most green belt
land in west London, with 43% of the borough's land declared green belt
However, deputy director Salahuddin said that SDDA had not cut trees at the green belt
but at a plot, which was lying vacant for long and some trees had grown there.
Local residents were briefed on the report on Tuesday and campaigner Alan Doyle said although the verdict was "not the silver bullet", the Jockey Club would find it harder to secure planning permission it would require to build up to 3,000 homes at Kempton, which has been designated green belt
A HEATED debate about whether Cardiff should have a green belt
has ended in agreement.