Jim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has taken the fight to protect Greenbelt in Coventry.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Jim Cunningham MP said, “Although we have consistently heard this (Conservative) Government say that they want to protect Greenbelt land for future generations, Government policy means Coventry City Council’s hands are tied, and they must develop on this land.
“There is an argument that Coventry City Council have used an incorrect formula, or have got the number of houses that needs to be built wrong, but if this were the case, the Government would not have approved this plan. Unless the Government is going around approving Local Plans that are indeed incorrect, in which case we have a very serious issue of a Government that is not fit to govern.
“We have a situation where developers are currently sitting on hundreds of thousands of plots with planning permission, the big four developers accounting for over 75% of those. I believe it is far more important to get developers building on sites they have permission for, rather than allocating yet more land to developers.”
Speaking after the debate Jim said,
“This Government are to blame for the loss of green belt in this city. They might try to pass blame onto the Council but the reality is, this is Government policy being forced on our city. It’s time we got a grip of the housing crisis in this country. Granting developers more planning permissions in the vain and misguided hope that this will mean the market reduces prices is frankly a huge gamble with housing for future generations.”