It's a point of principle to defend green belt
What both Councillor Laming and Peter Burns appear to have misunderstood in their recent letters regarding the B&NES Core Strategy is that for Conservative councillors there is nothing cynical about doing everything we can to defend the green belt, it is a point of principle.
There are two main reasons why the green belt exists. Firstly, to protect our countryside from ever greater urban sprawl, and secondly to ensure that councils and developers prioritise brownfield regeneration within cities over greenfield development on the edges of them.
It was on these two points of principle that Conservatives voted against the proposal for a contingency site for new housing on our area's green belt.
If this had been agreed it would have been the start of a process which would have seen Bristol's sprawl begin to grow out into B&NES towards Keynsham, Saltford and Bath. Residents have said they do not want this to happen, and we shall continue to fight against such a prospect.
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At this very moment there are developers wishing to bring forward plans for large-scale development on green belt in our area.
Yet there are ample brownfield sites which would benefit from development before any thought is given to green belt building, most notably the second phase of Western Riverside, the former MoD sites, and the former Cadbury factory in Keynsham.
There were many reasons why the council's Core Strategy was rejected by the Inspector, including the lack a five-year supply of deliverable housing land and a failure to comply with new Government policy in terms of its housing calculations.
To suggest the strategy would have been given the green light if green belt had been included as a contingency site is simply untrue.
Trying to deliver the new housing our area needs whilst protecting our green belt is a difficult and complex issue, which is why councillors are working cross-party to try and resolve them. But what B&NES clearly needs, and fast, is a Core Strategy in place which protects green belt, alongside a brownfield regeneration strategy which brings forward these sites as swiftly as possible.
Councillor Francine Haeberling B&NES Conservative Group Leader Saltford