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New Midlands city on green belt land to cope with population growth

March 29, 2012 • Daily Email Recap

Below is a March 25th article, published in the on-line version of The Daily Mail. Herein you can see Prime Minister David Cameron quoted as saying, “We urgently need to find places where we’re prepared to allow significant new growth to happen.” See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120035/New-city-Midlands-rail-link-green-belt-land-cope-population-growth.html

The opposition group also quoted in the story has a website, which can be found here: http://stophs2.org/

If you are interested, there is additional coverage from the BBC, where Friends of the Earth’s campaigns director Craig Bennett says: “A strong planning system is vital for building the clean economy promised by government, but there are mounting concerns that ministers will unleash a building free-for-all that will infuriate local communities and devastate our countryside.” See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17514730

Summary —

Radical plan to create new Midlands city on green belt land to cope with population growth:

  • Up to 100,000 homes are to be built
  • Plan exploits controversial new National Planning Policy Framework rules
  • Development would create conurbation stretching 40 miles from Coventry to Wolverhampton
  • Ministers want new age of ‘pro-growth’ planning
  • Plans to build 2m UK homes by 2020 to meet demands of rising population
  • Proposals have faced wave of protests from countryside groups

By Daniel Martin

PUBLISHED: 05:45 EST, 25 March 2012 | UPDATED: 05:16 EST, 26 March 2012

A new city could be built in the Midlands alongside the controversial High Speed 2 rail line as part of a drive to tackle the country’s housing shortage.

The transport project’s chief engineer said up to 100,000 homes could be built on green belt land.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120035/New-city-Midlands-rail-link-green-belt-land-cope-population-growth.html


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