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Balancing housing and the green belt; Letters

LES REID is spot-on when he points out (Telegraph, August 31) that the green belt issue has provided politicians with many opportunities to be 'economical with the truth'.

In fact housing, planning and the green belt is a complex issue, but one we must deal with.

The Housing Market Analysis shows that new houses are needed at twice the rate at which they are being built. But it is not a choice between houses or the green belt.

The government's planning framework with its 'presumption in favour of sustainable development' is a threat - especially as it reduces 'sustainable' to a meaningless weasel word. It is for this reason that Coventry Green Party finds much to welcome in the new Core Strategy.

It takes a positive approach to the development of the city, while providing clear protection for areas of green belt. It forms a framework within which housing needs can be met while ensuring we retain the green and open spaces we need.

The Coventry Local Development Plan including the Core Strategy Issues and Options, is now available on the council website, and consultation starts on September 19.

Dr Walter Milner, Coventry Green Party, Keresley Brook Road, Coventry.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 5, 2011
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