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Green Belt Development can only be proposed under the most exceptional circumstances

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In Wycombe, we all care passionately about the development of our town and the maintenance of the local green belt. Many constituents have sent emails raising concerns about Wycombe District Council’s local plan and the future of our protected green spaces. On Monday 10th October, I raised the issue about the preservation of green-belt land during the debate about the Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Before my right hon. Friend moves on, may I ask whether he will use this Bill to […]

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Protecting the green belt

My question yesterday as a supplementary to an oral question on green belt protection: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con):Will my right hon. Friend take steps to diminish planning inspectors’ powers over those who are democratically elected? Mr Pickles: My hon. Friend must have come across some grumpy planning inspectors. By and large, they are there to introduce the national planning policy framework, and to ensure that decisions are made in accordance with it. Local democratically elected representatives have a duty to […]

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