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Use Brexit to save the green belt: Ministers are urged to impose a ban on development until after Britain has left the EU
- Conservative MPs fear that huge swathes of green belt land could be bulldozed
- They fear it could be used for EU migrants who don’t have the right to be in UK
- Official forecasts suggest 5.3million new homes will be needed in England
Ministers are being urged to impose a ban on green belt development until after Britain has left the EU so that housing forecasts can be reduced to reflect lower immigration.
Tory MPs fear that, unless ministers agree to ‘pause’ development now, huge swathes of green belt land could be bulldozed to house EU migrants who will not have the right to come to the UK.
Official forecasts suggest 5.3million new homes will be needed in England over the next 25 years, with immigration accounting for 37 per cent of new demand.
But, with Theresa May pledging to end free movement, critics say these figures should be reviewed.
The push is being led by Tory MP Craig Tracey, whose North Warwickshire and Bedworth constituency is being squeezed by growth in Coventry and Birmingham.
‘I want the Government to have a pause on all greenbelt development during Brexit and then see what the real need is,’ he said.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) warns that England’s green belt is ‘under siege’ from developers, with councils planning almost 300,000 homes on green belt land.
Planning minister Gavin Barwell said councils should continue to use the pre-Brexit housing projections as a ‘starting point’ when considering housing need.