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Green belt review "poses a serious threat to the countryside"

PUBLISHED: 10:41 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:41 21 April 2015

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Shorne Parish Council is latest body to voice opposition

Shorne Parish Council has announced its opposition to Gravesham Borough Council’s green belt review, which it says poses a “serious threat to the countryside”.

The parish council has voted to join other parishes and community organisations in opposing the council’s plans to identify potential greenfield sites for development.

In a letter to Gravesham council, Shorne vice-chairman John Bugg describes the review as “unwarranted” and says the Governmment is not encouraging the council to carry out the review.

Shorne would be one of the parishes worst affected by the development of greenfield land.

Meopham, Vigo, Cobham and Luddesdown parishes, as well as Protect Kent and the Istead Rise Action Group, also oppose the review.

Gravesham needs to build 6,170 homes by 2028, but parish councillor Bob Lane said it should first be looking at brownfield sites.

“Any decision to unleash developers onto our precious green fields before considering all alternative options would be sorely mistaken and totally irresponsible,” Mr Lane said.

Roy Dinnis, chairman of Shorne Parish Council’s footpaths, properties and greens committee, added: “We believe that the amount of brownfield land could well be enough to meet housing needs.

“While there would be an added cost in making some of these sites ready for housing development, this would be greatly outweighed by the cost to the countryside.

“Shorne Parish Council strongly believes that if the review proceeds, there is a high risk that sizeable amounts of green belt agricultural and recreational land will be lost, threatening local quality of life unnecessarily.”

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