The number of sites facing development on London’s green belt has more than doubled since last year, the campaigning group London Green Belt Council (LGBC) has warned.
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New research from the London Green Belt Council (LGBC) has revealed between July 2016 and July 2017 the number of sites earmarked for development on the capital’s green belt increased from 203 to 443. The total number of houses proposed to be built on these sites went from 123,528 to 163,474.
The report, entitled The accelerating loss of London’s Green Belt – who is to blame?, found the councils with the greatest number of houses proposed to be built on green belt land are Central Bedfordshire (17,100), East Hertfordshire (16, 950) and Basildon (13,035). The counties with the greatest number of ‘threats’ – as LGBC characterises them – are Hertfordshire (44,974 houses), Surrey (41,760) and Essex (35,674). The council is a grouping of about 100 organisations which campaign locally against development on green belt land. They collectively represent over 50,000 people.