Petition update

Next decision for Green Belt weeks away...

CPRE Hampshire

Nov 19, 2018 — 

We are only weeks away from our next opportunity to protect South Hampshire's countryside. 

On 4th December, the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), a Joint Committee of our local councils will meet and determine whether to continue to support the adoption of a South Hampshire Green Belt.

Councillor Sean Woodward, a long-time champion of the idea of the Green Belt, will be joined by his fellow elected Leaders from South Hampshire to receive the outcomes from a report exploring the ‘justification for considering a Green Belt.’ They will then decide whether to take the next step towards protecting South Hampshire’s countryside.

To support our Leaders to continue to back Green Belt, we hope to hand in our petition to Cllr Woodward and we will present to the Joint Committee during the meeting. We need as many signatures as possible to show just how important our countryside is to you, please share this petition with your friends and family now. 

Charlee Bennett, Chief Executive of the charity said: ‘A new Green Belt presents our Council Leaders with a brilliant opportunity for their residents, the environment and the sustainable growth of the area.  Not only would it give them the chance to prioritise the health & wellbeing of their residents by protecting the countryside on their doorstep, it would also bring back some control in a developer led market.

There is no denying that we need to build homes, but by adopting a South Hampshire Green Belt, we would be ensuring the proper planning of the area, taking into account local need, suitability and sustainability for now and into the future’.

Ms Bennett continued: ‘We all need these green spaces, be it for the morning run, dog walking, escape from the pressures of city living or just for the children and grandchildren to play, they are so important for our mental and physical health and well-being.'

We will keep you updated on the outcome of the meeting, watch this space. 


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