Residents oppose Green Belt development

This week Reigate & Banstead Green Party hosted an open meeting to discuss the Core Strategy and in particular the plans to allow building on the Green Belt.

The meeting room at the Toby Carvery was packed – surpassing expectations on a snowy night. We apologise to all those who had to stand, or wait in the corridor trying to hear what was going on.

There was a strong commitment to object to the plans and some were keen to work together to send a detailed response to the Council.

All but one of the 100-odd people there voted in favour of a resolution proposed by Harry Ingram of the Reigate Society’s Redhill Committeee, that “This meeting is implacably opposed to any development within the Green Belt in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead”.

The Save Reigate’s Green Belt Facebook Group has published a summary of the discussion.  Many thanks to Save Reigate’s Green Belt for letting us republish it.

Joint response

People who attended the meeting are now working hard writing responses, putting the finishing touches to a petition, and more. If you would like to be part of this joint, non-party-political response, please get in touch.

We have set up an email group for those who would like to collaborate on writing the response – and suggest meeting up in the next day or two if possible. (Please send your email address to info@rbgp.org.uk if you would like to be added to the email group.)

Responding independently

If you’d like to respond independently, you can download all the documents and give your views online:

Please contact the Green Councillors if you would like any help with putting your views.

The consultation closes on 4 February 2013.

STOP PRESS

Following our meeting, local MP Crispin Blunt has called for a parliamentary debate on challenging building on on the green belt, which is happening next Wednesday, 30 January, at 4pm.  Read about the debate here.  We are writing to Mr Blunt about our concerns and encourage others to do so too.

Also, the government has just announced plans to make it easier to convert unused office buildings into homes.

 

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