As many of you will be aware, there are currently two major threats to the Chester Greenbelt and I am eager to gain as much support from local residents as possible to help protect our local Greenbelt for future generations.
Firstly, Cheshire West and Chester Council are launching a consultation on rolling back the Greenbelt around Chester to build 2,000 new houses.
Chester’s Greenbelt was created to prevent urban sprawl and to ensure that Chester retains its setting as a small, compact, historic city. Planning law states that development on Greenbelt land should only occur in exceptional circumstances and there is a great deal of local concern that Chester’s Greenbelt should be protected for future generations to enjoy.
I believe that large scale development in the Greenbelt will threaten the character of our City and development should be encouraged towards the plentiful supply of brownfield sites in West Cheshire rather than in the Greenbelt.
But what do you think? I will shout as loud as I can on this issue, but the more local residents we have backing the campaign to save our Greenbelt, the more chance we have of succeeding. A website www.chestergreenbelt.com has been set up to allow you to e-mail and lobby your local councillors and MP with your concerns. Why not use it and encourage others to use it as well.
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Secondly, a Planning Application for 2,300 student flats in the Greenbelt between Blacon and Saughall has been resubmitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
This Planning Application has not been submitted by the local Council or by Chester University, but has been submitted by a private developer to build on privately owned land within the Chester Greenbelt.
Full details of the application can be viewed on the internet at http://pa.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/online-applications/ and searching the term “student village”, or by visiting the Chester Planning Office at the Council’s Forum Offices. The Planning Application reference number is 12/03447/OUT.
Both of these proposals are the wrong way forward for Chester. They are unwanted by local residents and are in opposition to local and national planning policy which seeks to protect Greenbelt land.
And once the Greenbelt is gone, it will be gone forever.