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Gravesham countryside campaigners say Green Belt review unjustified

PUBLISHED: 09:14 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:14 23 February 2015

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The group say that the council should abandon its plans

Gravesham campaigners met with the minister for housing and planning, Brandon Lewis, to speak to him about the council’s proposed Green Belt review.

Representatives from parish councils, the Gravesham Rural Residents Forum, Istead Rise Action Group, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the area’s MP, Adam Holloway met with Mr Lewis at parliament. He told the campaigners that neither the government, nor the inspector - who signed the council’s local plan off - were saying that the council should carry out a Green Belt review. A review would likely see parts of the Green Belt re-designated to make building housing on it more simple. The campaigners say that this should not be allowed.

The group of campaigners said that in view of the lack of resources in the planning department added to the likely cost to ratepayers of £500,000, Gravesham Borough Council should abandon the proposed review.

Adam Holloway, the MP for Gravesham said: “The minister said that the Government were not encouraging Green Belt Reviews and that their support for the protection of the Green Belt was undiminished. It is unfair that those living in the villages in the constituency should have to live with this continuous threat hanging over them when none is justified.”

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