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Housing and planning

Housing and planning

Good land-use planning is the unsung hero of environmental protection. Good planning can help slow the growth in road traffic, encourage urban regeneration, curb urban sprawl, protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside and safeguard wildlife habitats.


Planning decisions affect us all, yet we often have very little input. We want planning to be fairer, engage communities and protect the countryside as well as regenerate our towns and villages.

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Green belts

Green Belt land covers much of Central Bedfordshire’s area, and was adopted to prevent the sprawl of Luton, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard as part of London's Metropolitan Green Belt. Yet we are set to lose at least five square miles of Green Belt in Bedfordshire to development schemes already given the green light.

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Everyone needs a place to live, but the way in which this is being done means that urban sprawl is nibbling away at our green spaces. Developers should be making more use of previously developed sites within our towns.

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