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19/05/2014

Green squeeze: Do we need to rethink the green belt?

Words: Simon Wicks
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The planning minister's recent assertions of green belt policy have cast a thorny debate into the spotlight: cab these treasured spaces remain sacrosanct under the pressure to build homes, or should some low-quality green belt be sacrificed for the common good?

My first job was with the Greater Manchester Council and I caught the tail end of the process of defining the Greater Manchester Green Belt,” recalls Roger Hepher, head of planning for Savills.
 
“A planning technician was sent out with maps, drawing lines where he thought it was approp.....Sign Up or Login to read full article
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