The government is currently consulting on further changes to the Green Belt.
Having changed the guidelines to allow house building on the Green Belt in 2012, the Government found insufficient housing was being built which is hardly surprising when most Green Belt constituencies are Conservative.
The proposals intend to change the guidelines to show ‘express support’ for building on the Green Belt, showing that the devolution of power to local people is not of planning decisions but of the planning decisions the government wants.
Both the 2012 change and the current proposed change re-affirm the government’s strong support for the Green Belt.
Similarly, the 2012 change did not say house building was appropriate but ‘not inappropriate’. This public relations seeming to stem from a belief that ‘you can fool some of the people, all of the time’.
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