Greenbelt land

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you protect Greenbelt land?



Answer for Greenbelt land

Answer for Greenbelt land

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Most certainly - the Green Belt was originally established to prevent urban sprawl. It also provides protection for some of London's open spaces. In the next 15 years, London faces growth in population equivalent to a city the size of Leeds. I am determined that this increase should be absorbed on brown field land, within London's boundaries and will be promoting strong protection of the Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and London's inner green spaces through the London Plan. Green Belt policy helps to protect Londoners' access to countryside, to provide opportunities for recreation, to promote biodiversity and to establish a framework for improvement of damaged and derelict land. The very special circumstances in which exceptions can be made to Green Belt policy and the limited scope to accept development are set out in national and regional planning guidance. Inappropriate development is, by definition harmful to the Green Belt and it is for the applicant to show why permission should be granted. If there is a need to review Green Belt boundaries this must be done in a regional and sub-regional context and not just from a local perspective. .