Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, will argue that we need honest answers from the Government about their plans to build on Hertfordshire’s Green Belt when he addresses a public meeting arranged by St. Albans Council this Thursday to discuss the Government’s East of England Plan, which further increased the housing targets in Herts.

    Peter said, “The current pressures on the Green Belt in Hertfordshire are quite unprecedented. If this Government’s plans go through they will dramatically change the character of our area, and distinct communities like Redbourn, Harpenden, St. Albans and Hemel Hempstead will merge into one another.

    “This is the first time in the whole period I have been a Member of Parliament in Hertfordshire that proposals to build on the Green Belt have been pushed through by government rather than developers.

    “These proposals raise some key questions to which we need answers:

    “Why are targets for house building constantly being increased – why are the houses needed, who are they for, and are the planned homes appropriate for that need?

    “Who should take the decision over whether or not to allow this building – central government, local government or the local communities affected?

    “If there is to be building in Hertfordshire, where should this be – on brownfield sites, greenfield sites not classified as Green Belt, or on the Green Belt itself?

    The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, 18th January, at the St. Albans High School, Townsend Drive, St Albans.