It’s time to tighten our green belt
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