Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, standing for re-election as Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today challenged his opponents to defend the Green Belt.

    Peter Lilley said: “A key issue on the doorstep is the plan to build 10,000 houses on Green Belt land in this constituency. People know that this would not only destroy the beautiful countryside between Hitchin and Stevenage – it would also set a precedent which developers will be able to use to justify concreting over the Green Belt between Harpenden and Luton and St Albans.

    “We know that the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties were behind the

    original proposal when they controlled the County Council. But we have yet to hear whether the Parliamentary candidates of those Parties are going to follow the party line or represent the wishes of the vast majority of constituents in Hitchin and Harpenden.

    “So I call on all Parliamentary candidates to make the following promise – which I have long endorsed:-

    ?I will do all in my power to prevent plans to build 10,000 houses on the Green Belt between Hitchin and Stevenage. We need affordable houses in built up areas not expensive houses on Green Belt land.?

    “This is a clear cut issue and the electors want clear answers not the sort of diversionary name calling we have had so far.”