Peter Lilley has written to the Prime Minister to ask whether his astonishing claim that the government?s house building plans “will not affect the Green Belt? means he is withdrawing government support for plans to build 10,000 homes on the Green Belt between Stevenage and Hitchin. John Prescott had already approved in principle this plan which will be the biggest encroachment on Green Belt land ever. He is also driving through housing targets which exceed what the government admits is the maximum scope for building on urban land and will therefore force Hertfordshire to build yet more houses in Green Belt.
Peter Lilley said: “Yesterday the Prime Minister gave Parliament the astonishing assurance that the government?s plan to ?increase the supply of housing ?does not affect the Green Belt?. I am therefore writing to both him and the Deputy Prime Minister asking the government to refuse approval of the plans to building 10,000 houses on the Green Belt between Hitchin and Stevenage. John Prescott previously gave his approval for plans put forward by the then Labour/Lib Dem coalition on Hertfordshire County Council to build on this site. But we are still awaiting the Deputy Prime Minister?s decision following the public inquiry into the detailed application put forward by the developer. This proposed infringement of the Green Belt should now be thrown out if the government is to retain either credibility or the confidence of the public.?
Note to Editors:
Extract from Hansard (col 810) Wednesday 19th January at Prime Minister?s QuestionTime:
The Prime Minister: “?it is important that we increase the supply of housing in a planned and orderly way that does not affect the Green Belt?.?