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Eric Pickles' pledge: Green belt 'safe and sound in coalition care'
4:00pm Friday 4th January 2013 in News
SECRETARY of State Eric Pickles has pledged the Government’s latest planning guidelines will not encroach on green belt land.
The Local Government Secretary spoke in the House of Commons after Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke pressed him on the issue.
Mrs Brooke asked: “What overall impact does the Secretary of State estimate that the Growth and Infrastructure Bill will have on the green belt given the national planning policy framework that is now in place?”
Mr Pickles assured her that “the green belt remains very safe and sound in coalition care.
“The position is clearly laid out in the national planning policy framework, and the bill does not affect the green belt.”