Russell Beard comments that Central Bedfordshire has to allow its Green Belt and Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be built on because ‘London is shoving its housing need up here’.
A recent report by Sterling Ackroyd, at http://tinyurl.com/mo8fk2j , says there are planned development projects that will deliver 570 000 homes in London. Therefore we would question the Mayor of London’s need to shove his housing need up to Central Bedfordshire.
Jason Longhurst says unless Central Bedfordshire Council builds on its Green Belt and Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there will be a ‘shortfall in housing over a 20 year planning period’.
A recent letter from the Conservative Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis MP, at http://tinyurl.com/pyd5glt , comments on housing need and Green belt and AONB policy constraints. Council’s do not have to meet housing need need if meeting that need means building on the Green Belt or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Central Bedfordshire Council has chosen to build on the Green Belt and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty although there is no need to!