Lib Dems take tough stand on Green Belt development

April 23, 2009 9:49 AM
Cllr Sian Reid

Cllr Sian Reid - working to protect the Green Belt

Cambridge Liberal Democrats are taking a tough stand to protect the city's green spaces and concentrate future housing development in the east of the region.

They say a new scrutiny of the Green Belt - under the Regional Spatial Strategy review - is not needed because it was examined closely in recent years

And they have called on government departments and other organisations to join forces to ensure that future development takes place in Cambridge East which is highly sustainable.

Members will call on all city councillors to support their view during a full council meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

They want to secure a plan to move Cambridge airport from its present site to allow up to 12,000 homes to be built on the site and to safeguard local jobs.

Ministry of Defence airfields at Wyton and Waterbeach should be protected from being sold off for housing until the airport relocation plan has been finalised, they claim.

Executive Councillor for Change and Growth, Sian Reid said: "Possible sites for development within Cambridge's Green Belt have been closely scrutinised recently and ruled out in favour of Cambridge East. We don't need to go back and revisit this.

"The east of the district has been identified as the most sustainable location and this remains the case despite the collapse of the Marshall's move to Mildenhall. Nothing has changed.

"Organisations should be working together on one game plan. Failing that, we are in danger of developments being proposed across the district without proper thought being given to their long-term sustainability or the long-term future of the city as a whole."

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