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Green Belt (Epping Forest)

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from people in the Epping Forest district of Essex about proposed encroachments upon the green belt; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received representations asking him to call in for his own decision a proposed indoor tennis and leisure centre at the former RAF barrage balloon site, Buckhurst Hill. Representations have also been received opposing a proposed development of 3,500 houses known as Brenthall park, to the south east of Harlow, and in respect of proposed residential development at Roydon.

While I am unable to comment upon individual cases which are before my right hon. Friend or which may come before him, I would take this opportunity to reaffirm the Government's strong commitment to the maintenance of approved green belts.