LILLEY URGES HARPENDEN TO FIGHT THREAT TO GREEN BELT
Harpenden MP Peter Lilley is urging all residents of the town to make their views known about a proposal to build 300 houses on Green Belt land on its northern edge.
He said: “St Albans District Council claims that wherever possible its policy is to protect and retain the Green Belt. That is a policy I fully support.
“It’s surprising, then, that in its Emerging Core Strategy plan, the council proposes extending Harpenden towards Luton by building on Green Belt land next to Bloomfield Road.
“The whole point of the Green Belt is to stop urban sprawl. A precedent here would make it all the more difficult to stop further encroachment.
“This development would not only mean the loss of some attractive farmed land which contributes to the town’s open and pleasant character. No work seems to have been done on the impact of it would have on school places in Harpenden – already a recurrent problem – and on traffic volumes. Luton Road and Harpenden High Street suffer considerable congestion as it is.
“It is important that residents let the district council know what they think about this plan. They are legally bound to take local opinion in to account.
“People have unto Friday September 18th to comment on the proposal to Harpenden Town Council, and until the 28th of this month to contact St Albans District council.”
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