As per the resolution agreed upon by around 100 people at the public meeting in Redhill on January 21st, 2013:
We the undersigned are 'implacably opposed to any development on the green belt within the borough of Reigate and Banstead', due to concerns including, but not limited to:
- the loss of green spaces and public access
- the likely increase in traffic and higher stress on existing infrastructure
- the lack of ambition in identifying brownfield land sites for redevelopment as housing, e.g. offices.
- the fact that the borough have been working to a target of 460 new houses per year, compared to a Surrey average of 240
- the likelihood of new projects serving city commuters rather than providing affordable housing for the local community
- the prospect of unchecked urban sprawl due to unscrupulous developers and a lack of effective regulation to restrict their operations
For more information about the proposals, which at the moment would allow for the construction of 700 new houses in both areas outlined above (1,400 in total) and a further 200 around Horley, see the Reigate & Banstead Green Party's page: 'Save the Green Belt' and the Facebook campaign: 'Save Reigate's Green Belt'.
There is a public consultation with a deadline of February 4th, 2013 - read the borough council's consultation document here (pdf) and respond using the representations form (the word doc) on this page.
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Karen Compton, United Kingdom2 years ago Comments: This proposal is toally unacceptable. We have few enough green spaces to walk freely as it is, where all can enjoy the many varieties of wildlife such as deer, foxes etc in the area. Taking out the 'emotive factors' there is also the issue of road traffic, the area is already unbearable with the traffic situation, and the drainage on nearby estates such as Woodhatch struggling and coming close to flooding on occasion as a consequence. What a good plan, to build houses on a flood plain, in an area already struggling with the infrasture without any thought to the environment or the impact on quality of life for the residents. Think again. Surely there are more suitable brown sites such a industrial estates that are not being fully utilised! Just who is going to be making a profit from this, thats what I want to know because I am sure this is all about money rather than any other consideration.
Mr & Mrs Webb, United Kingdom2 years ago Comments: This is not about nimbyism,this is about protecting greenfield sites for us and future generations.
Nicholas Stoy, United Kingdom2 years ago Comments: I support all the objectives of the petition and from the personal point of view would also highlight negative impact of the loss of beautiful countryside views as the A217 runs out of Reigate to the south side from Sandcross Lane towards Sidlow Bridge if further ribbon development is permitted along this stretch.
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