It’s time to tighten our green belt

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

YOUR news story on hous­ing and the green belt (Fe­bru­ary 15) was ac­com­pa­nied by a pho­to­graph of Bux­ton in the Peak Dis­trict of Der­byshire, with a new devel­op­ment in the fore­ground and hills be­yond. Bux­ton is not green belt, but this il­lus­trates two is­sues.

First, the im­por­tance of con­serv­ing high-qual­ity land­scape, whether in or out­side the green belt. Too of­ten, green belt in­cludes low-qual­ity land­scape, the pro­tec­tion of which means that bet­ter land else­where is put at risk. The green belt is a plan­ning tool, not a place.

Sec­ond, that much still needs to be done to im­prove the qual­ity of new devel­op­ment, es­pe­cially in or on the edge of the coun­try­side, and, in Bux­ton’s case, close to a na­tional-park bound­ary. Higher den­sity, three-storey devel­op­ment can look out of place. Pa­trick Brady, Der­byshire

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