#GreenBeltforNorwich Petition passes 1,000 signatures
23rd February 2017
PRESS RELEASE: CPRE Norfolk’s Petition for a Green Belt around Norwich sails past 1,000 signatures
A petition started by the Norfolk Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (www.cprenorfolk.org.uk) calling for a Green Belt around the City of Norwich has now sailed past 1,000 signatures and has been delivered to Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and all eight Norfolk MPs.
Green Belts are designed to keep a distinction between rural and urban settings and prevent sprawl but recent pressure to develop Norwich beyond its traditional boundaries with unsustainable housing estates springing up on greenfield sites in all directions has upset this balance. The Government has now acknowledged the importance of our Green Belts both in its recent Housing White Paper and in Parliament.
CPRE Norfolk’s Chairman, Christopher Dady said ‘Most people are astonished to learn that Norwich has no green belt to protect it and the damage that this lack is causing is evident all around us.’ ‘The heartfelt comments people are making on our petition page bear testament to local feeling and are a sad indictment of blinkered government policy which allows developers to impose the wrong kind of houses at the wrong price in the wrong places and for the wrong reasons’.
‘Our position is that where housing is genuinely needed, brownfield sites should always be developed first to minimise damage to our precious, irreplaceable countryside. Brownfield sites almost always come with nearby existing infrastructure which make them far more convenient places to live and work. Now that all local authorities are being compelled to undertake brownfield site surveys over the next year, we are hopeful that this information will be more readily taken up and used to supply more sustainable, affordable housing in places where people actually want to live and work.’
‘A Green Belt placed around Norwich now will not affect the 30 plus year housing land supply already in place, which means that all the houses we must have can still be delivered whilst protecting our food supply as well as keeping Norwich a vibrant city.’
The Petition is still available online to sign https://www.change.org/p/broadland-district-council-and-south-norfolk-council-green-belt-for-norfolk
For more information contact:
Cardinal House, 86 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AB
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