Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is urging people to oppose what he calls ‘Luton’s attempted land grab of Hertfordshire countryside’.

    He will be addressing a public meeting at Breachwood Green Village Hall on Friday evening (8pm July 10) organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

    He said: “I want to highlight the threat to some of the most beautiful countryside in North Hertfordshire. Bloor Homes are proposing to build several thousand new homes on Green Belt land to the east of Luton. This development would swallow up villages such as Cockernhoe and Mangrove Green and despoil the beautiful valley of Lilley Bottom.

    “The proposal seeks to solve Luton’s housing needs by building over a huge swathe of Hertfordshire and it’s something we should do all we can to oppose.

    “I hope as many people as possible will attend Friday’s meeting to show the depth of public feeling on this issue. It is important that developers and planners do not think they can ride roughshod over the views of local people.”