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Janet Joyner from the Brockworth green belt group forwarded on an email about the All Parliamentary Party Group. They are launching an enquiry and report into issues surrounding green belt protection. This will look to report back in Spring 2014. The group is calling for evidence and ideas as part of the enquiry and they are emailing local interest groups to try and help with this. The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2014.

If anyone has some time to answer the questions that would be great and then please email them to the email address mentioned below.

Below is the email l received:



The All Party Parliamentary Group on the Greenbelt is seeking responses from interested parties and groups about how Greenbelt land is protected and preserved for the future.

The group intends to publish a report on the basis of this evidence in Spring 2014, with oral evidence sessions also being held in the New Year.

In particular, the group would like to focus on issues including:

  • How can it be made clearer to the media the important distinction between ‘greenfield’ land and ‘greenbelt’ land- with the importance of greenbelt being highlighted as separate from greenfield.
  • What has been the effect of the abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies and the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework in the context of the preservation of greenbelt land?
  • Which local councils are taking their obligations on greenbelt preservation seriously and which local councils are placing greenbelt land under threat?
  • What new policy ideas should be considered to increase greenbelt protection?
  • Should brownfield land in greenbelt areas have the same protection as Greenfield land in greenbelt areas?
  • How can we increase local community engagement in protecting the greenbelt?
  • How do we balance the need to sustain the greenbelt with the need for sustainable communities?
  • Should certain areas of greenbelt land be given higher protection than other areas?
  • What should the greenbelt look like for the twenty first century?

Responses and submissions can be sent to or posted to APPG Greenbelt, Room 20, Norman Shaw North, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA. Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2014.

Please note that the APPG is unable to express comment or become involved in individual planning cases.


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