Comment The prospective loss of more green fields is not good news. Now there are those who would argue that building on sites within urban areas is good because it saves building on farmland in rural areas.
A big problem with that is that it’s not true. Developers will build on these areas within towns and on the land outside towns, around villages, in fact anywhere they can!
There is one fundamental objection to building on farmland – it’s actually very important to save land for food production, wherever it might be!
There are also some significant objections to the loss of green land within urban areas:
- Green areas are important to the people who live near them. Green areas are important for health and wellbeing.
- Green areas are important for the wildlife they support (or could support).
- Without green areas people will have a good reason to travel, by car, to get to green areas, not exactly a good idea.
What we need to do of course is to have a planning policy which plans for sensible and sustainable housing targets. A maximum of 29,000 springs to mind!