Harpenden councillors lead delegation against Green Belt development

PUBLISHED: 16:07 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 06 May 2010

The delegation at the St Albans council offices

The delegation at the St Albans council offices

HARPENDEN Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer led a delegation today which delivered a resounding No to any bid to develop Green Belt land to the north of the town. Cllr Farmer handed over 2,000 signed responses to the leader of St Albans council, Cllr Robert Do

HARPENDEN Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer led a delegation today which delivered a resounding 'No' to any bid to develop Green Belt land to the north of the town.

Cllr Farmer handed over 2,000 signed responses to the leader of St Albans council, Cllr Robert Donald, at St Albans council offices.

The site bordered by Luton Road and Ambrose Lane is an Area of Search in the consultation into the core strategy for the Local Development Framework - the council's planning blueprint until 2026.

The Green Belt site is earmarked for up to 300 new homes should land have to be released for additional housebuilding in the district to meet government targets.

Cllr Farmer said: "We have clearly stated the views of the community in this matter. Local people do not want housing on Green Belt. They are worried about the impact on an already fragile infrastructure and worried about the merging of Harpenden with Luton.

"This is farmed land and provides an important strategic gap."

The town council has been working with both the Harpenden Society and Harpenden Green Belt Association to campaign against the inclusion of the site because of the concern it has caused in the community.

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