Despite councils pointing out that less than 4pc of the green belt would be lost in total, and that housing in particular is desperately needed, inevitably the impact of the plan has been judged on its effects on each local community – be it the loss of a golf course or thousands of homes proposed for farmland.
In addition MPs have raised a catalogue of concerns around everything from transport links to air quality, while querying claims by council leaders that all available industrial land as been taken into account.
Meanwhile developers take the opposite view – that it doesn’t go far enough.
The combined authority has now extended its consultation deadline until January 16 in order to get as many views as possible. Details are included at the bottom of this piece.