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Brownfield development calls amid fears of a breeze block Britain


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bill_etheridge.jpgA UKIP MEP has today accused the Government of depriving future generations of a green inheritance after it unveiled ruinous plans to create swathes of new housing developments in the countryside.

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge says the Government’s “aggressive anti-countryside agenda” threatens the countryside and will lead to a “breeze block Britain”.

The Government is poised to announce in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement plans to develop a ‘garden city’ in the Home Counties.

Nick Clegg is pushing the Garden City’s concept and hopes the envisaged city development near Bicester will be the first in “another wave” in garden cities in Britain.

But figures obtained from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) by West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge, show the folly of the controversial and ill-conceived plans.

National figures show 970,000 homes could be developed on suitable brownfield land, land which is crying out for regeneration.

More localised figures for the four Black Country boroughs reveal that sufficient brownfield land is available to meet their housing needs for the next 20 years.

In Dudley alone there are 288 acres of brownfield land available which would be suitable for housing.

Commenting today West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge, said: “The Government’s aggressive anti-countryside agenda flies in the face of logic. Why despoil the countryside when there are brownfield sites begging for redevelopment?

“In Dudley alone hundreds of acres of brownfield land is available. UKIP is the only party that stands up for our green belt and green spaces. I don’t want to see a breeze block Britain.

“Nick Clegg wants to see a new wave of so-called garden cities. This is sheer folly and instead we should see a stream of suitable brownfield development to help solve our housing crisis. Future generations should not be denied a green inheritance,” he added.

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