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Press release: Chesham and Amersham MP Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan commits to protecting the Green Belt

Left to right: Stan Jones, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, Richard Knox Johnston Left to right: Stan Jones, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, Richard Knox Johnston Photo: © CPRE Bucks

14 March 2017

On 8 March, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP welcomed to Parliament representatives from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Buckinghamshire.

Louise Hartley (Branch Manager), Paul Miner (Planning Campaign Manager), Stan Jones (Chair) and Paul Mason (Trustee) met Mrs Gillan to raise concerns around the Government’s Housing White Paper and the potential implications this could bring to countryside in Buckinghamshire.

The unrealistic housing numbers pose as an additional threat to the preservation of our green belt, at a time when Slough Borough Council are planning to build thousands of homes along the South Bucks green belt.  
Efforts are needed to ensure the Government recognise the importance of incorporating local transport into the Local Plans, which is not currently raised in the Housing White Paper.

Louise Hartley, CPRE’s Bucks Branch Manager said “we are delighted to have Cheryl’s support of our campaigning efforts to protect the Green Belt and promote more and better use of brownfield land. We are facing an unprecedented level of threat to our countryside in Buckinghamshire and it is important that we work locally to protect it.”

Mrs Gillan, who recently became the President of Buckinghamshire CPRE, said:  “Now more than ever before it is essential we preserve Buckinghamshire’s green belt as the county is set to embark on the construction for HS2.

“I am looking forward to working together on local campaigns to protect Buckinghamshire’s beautiful countryside,” commented Cheryl Gillan.


Media release date: 14 March 2017

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