GE17 manifesto musings: Forward together, Conservatives

A few years ago, HM Treasury documents made detailed reference to ‘brownfield’ sites. Forward Together makes none.

Green Belt merits a single mention, in the context of the ‘strong protection’ such designated areas are supposed to enjoy, unless it is in Broxtowe it seems.

Other ‘pointless’ terms are: waste, renewable, previously developed land, surplus, unwanted.

So our green and pleasant land doesn’t really get much of a look in…

GE2017 Liberal Democrat manifesto

Sorry this is so short! (and late). ‘Changing Britain’s future’ it seems does not include saying anything about the green belt (or even ‘greenbelt’) nor about brownfields.

But there is talk of enforcing house building on unwanted public sector land. No details on who decides whether or not it is unwanted or if the proposal allows for different types of public land owner.

There is talk of a land tax, and mention of a potential Tory landslide.

There is also a lot of rubbish. Well, waste to be more precise. A 70% target for recycling and also extending the landfill tax to an incineration tax.

There is also talk of a Zero-Waste Act, including legally binding targets for reducing net consumption of key natural resources, and introducing incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency – something very high on the EU agenda too.