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York MP Calls for Greenbelt Opinions

Julian Sturdy Haxby Greenbelt - October 2013

4:50pm 29th November 2013

A York MP has called on people from Yorkshire to share their views on how Greenbelt land is protected and preserved for the future to a Parliamentary Group who are producing a report for Government.

Julian Sturdy, the York Outer MP, is a Vice Chair of the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on the Greenbelt’, which is writing the report and currently consulting interested parties up and down the Country.

Julian Sturdy says he's a passionate supporter of Greenbelts and their importance in preserving and enhancing the character and setting of our settled communities. More recently he has led opposition to the City of York Council’s draft Local Plan, which proposes 16,000 new homes, 80 Traveller and Showpeople pitches and over 40 potential wind farms on the City’s Greenbelt.

In support of his Parliamentary Group’s call for evidence, Julian Sturdy said:

“With the future identity of a number of our great Northern cities in an uncertain position, as a result of unsustainable Local Plans produced by some local authorities, there has never been a more important time for Parliament to act to protect our Greenbelts. I am sure residents in York and the surrounding communities will be keen to share their experiences with the Group and highlight concerns over the impact the City of York Council’s draft Local Plan could have on their quality of life, if it is adopted in 2015.

“I would therefore encourage interested groups and individuals from across the region to air their views on how they feel Greenbelts should be preserved for the future. Responses and submissions should be sent to appggreenbelt@gmail.com or posted to APPG Greenbelt, Room 20, Norman Shaw North, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, by no later than 31st January 2014. I am also happy for constituents to feed their views in through me.”

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