Borough Council planners are intending presenting ‘options’ to councillors on proposed housing, but they really give no choice at all.
Cabinet Planning and Parking Panel (CPPP) on Thursday 23rd Jan will be presented with four ‘options’, but the difference between each is whether the damage to the green belt is massive or only enormous.
Paul Zukowskyj, Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South, and a member of the CPPP commented: “The options presented all deliver a tsunami of house-building on our green belt. None of the options balance the damage to our green spaces with the need for housing. The ‘preferred’ option suggests building 15948 homes, just 52 less than we would need if we had no green belt. Is protecting our green space worth just 0.3% of the housing need?
“I can’t accept any of the options offered, and I urge fellow councillors to join me. We are supposed to defend our communities, not stand by while they’re trashed.”