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Green Belt: South East

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects on the environment of the proposals in the South East Plan on green belt protection. (276925)

The South East Plan (Policy SP5) states that the existing broad extent of green belts in the region is appropriate and will be retained and supported. The opportunity should be taken to improve their land-use management and access as part of the initiatives to improve the rural urban fringe.

The plan also calls for selective reviews of a small portion of the green belt where this may be the most sustainable location for the region's development needs. However, the plan makes it clear that where any green belt land is lost, consideration should be given to carrying out a further review to determine whether additional land should be designated as green belt, thus maintaining its overall extent.

A full sustainability appraisal was undertaken of the proposals in the final version of the South East Plan. All south-east MPs and MEPs were sent a copy of the sustainability appraisal report. This is available in the Libraries of both Houses and may be viewed on the website of the Government Office for the South East at:

www.gos.gov.uk/gose