Almost like buses but not quite – today I will be holding not three but two back to back public meetings to allow Bramcote’s residents to hear why I am standing for election to the Borough Council and to ask me any questions they may have.
In finalising what I plan to say, I reviewed the present Conservative/ Liberal Democrat coalition government planning guidance on the green belt. It is here:
The coalition Government reminds us that “The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.” The Government says that it “attaches great importance to Green Belts”.
Those green belts serve five purposes:
- to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas;
- to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another;
- to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment;
- to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns; and
- to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.
The new council will decide the extent to which it will use its local plan to protect our green belt and seek more sustainable solutions to meeting our housing needs than sprawl and the associated car dependency. Successful service and retail sector businesses thrive on footfall. Innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are fostered in urban places where we can meet, interact and colaborate. Beeston Town Centre can be such a place. Better public transport connections between Bramcote and Beeston can benefit us all.
I hope to see some of you this evening and will post a summary of the proceedings in tomorrow’s blog.
In the meantime do think about voting for an independent voice on our Borough Council in the run up to Thursday’s ballot.