Ms Spelman said unelected regional assemblies are deleting green belt
designation and 162 planning applications in green belts
have been rubber stamped by Mr Prescott.
No surprise, however, that within hours of the announcement the Council for the Protection of Rural England had reacted with the view that the it gave a licence to the setting back of green belts
around urban areas, stating: 'The location of Green Belts
is just as important as their area .
ISLAMABAD -- Parking shortage forced motorists to use green belts
in the federal capital.
In reply to the call attention notice in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the parliamentary secretary said that CDA does not allow commercial use of the green belts
of the city.
Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England have carried out the first major survey of the environmental state of the country's green belts
Gerald Kells, West Midlands CPRE policy officer said: 'Although the Government should be the staunchest, most reliable ally of green belt
, it continues to implement policies and support proposals in this region and elsewhere which undermine green belts
across the region.
have been a permanent feature of the planning scene in England for around 50 years.
ENGLAND'S green belts
celebrate their 70th anniversary next year.
were formally introduced almost 50 years ago (by the Conservatives I should add), to preserve the countryside and prevent the unrestricted sprawl of the urban areas.
CPRE planning campaigner Paul Miner said: "Despite repeated pledges by Government that green belts
would grow in every region, these new figures show that it is being developed at an alarming rate.
It claimed that laws preventing development in the Green Belts
around the UK's cities should be relaxed in order to ease the current housing crisis.
The Government states that "the most important attribute of Green Belts
is their openness" as they can shape patterns of urban development.