People should be able to vote on whether to build on the green belt in their local areas, a housing minister has said.
Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing and Development, told Conservative Party Conference that the protected land could be built on if local communities voted for it.
She told an event hosted by the Tax Payers’ Alliance: “I would put it to the local community and ask them whether they think their green belt is car parks and whether it should be classed as green belt at all. Then we can reclassify and build on it.
“I don’t believe in statist top down policy, I believe in going from the ground up”.
This idea appears to be a departure from her department’s green belt policy….